Executive Director, & Co-Founder
In 2012, Therese co-founded CPLA with her long-time colleague , Monica Dessert after working for an Orange County based agency, Outreach Concern. Therese worked there for five years, along with her co-founder Monica Dessert. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from UCLA where she worked on special projects of early applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autistic children. It is at that time that she realized her passion for helping children, especially those facing obstacles and adversity. She obtained an MBA from USC and later, her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Graduate Institute, CPLA brings her full circle back to her roots, helping vulnerable children and adolescents to achieve bright futures despite tremendous odds. Additionally, Therese serves on the Advisory Board of the Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope. She is a founding member of EveryChild Foundation and for 20 years has served on grant-making committees. She is very proud to have served as only the second woman president of a social club in LA, The Beach Club.
Karen Lee, LMFT-LPCC joined Counseling Partners of Los Angeles as the Clinical Director in July 2020. Yet she had been an admirer of the organization for almost 12 years when she first met the Executive Director Therese Funk at the Greater Los Angeles MFT Consortium. Karen noted that she knew she would be a good fit for CPLA due to the word “partners” in the organization’s name. With over 20 years of professional experience in the field of community mental health, partnership is one of the most valuable keys to serve the community successfully. She is excited to partner with the CPLA staff, the schools, and the families to provide best practice treatment and caring support to our student population.
Karen comes to us with a successful tenure in quality assurance, clinical training and best practice compliance. She held positions in program management, student and supervisor training, clinical
onboarding and strategic planning. Karen is thrilled to be a part of the vision of strengthening school communities, creating hope, empowering students and their families to reach their fullest potential. Karen is an AAMFT approved supervisor.
Jen began working with CPLA in January of 2016. She began as a counselor at St. Genevieve Elementary and High Schools; and moved into the Field Supervisor position in 2018. Jen received her Bachelor's in Psychology and her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge. In addition to her work with CPLA, she has worked at the Mitchell Family Counseling Center at CSUN, and in a private practice setting at Social Coaching Club where she works with children, teens and families. As a Field Supervisor, Jen provides support and mentorship to counselors, as well as assists them through crises. She is committed to the professional growth and progress of each counselor and dedicates her time to ensure a safe and thriving school community.
Yoseline Lopez- Marroquin
Field Support Person
Yoseline's journey with CPLA began in 2012 when CPLA was founded. In 2014, she became a board member as a CPLA Alumni. She served as a counselor to St. Thomas the Apostle School, St. Matthias High School (back when it was an all-girls school), and Baldwin Park Head Start. Yoseline has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara; a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, with a Child Studies Specialization from Antioch Los Angeles; and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology degree from Antioch Santa Barbara. Yoseline's clinical training experiences have ranged from school counseling to community mental health at agencies such as: Outreach Concern, Inc., Star View Community Services, Children's Institute, Inc., and Cal State Long Beach Counseling and Psychological Services. Yoseline thoroughly enjoys connecting with others and motivating them to reach their infinite potential. Child at heart, she advocates for youth and their families, in effort to create a better society, one heart at a time.
Yoseline Lopez Marroquin, PsyD is a Registered Psychological Assistant #94025589 Supervised by Licensed Clinical Psychologist Mary Elizabeth Horan, PhD PSY 12061.
Field Support Person
Marilyn began working with CPLA in 2018 as a counselor for St. Mary’s School. In 2020 she became a counselor for Our Lady of Guadalupe. Aside from continuing to be a school counselor, in the spring of 2021, she stepped into her new role of being a Field Support Person. Marilyn obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University, and her master’s degree in Psychology as a Marriage and Family Therapist/ Art Therapist from Philips Graduate University. Marilyn is a fluent Spanish speaker and in addition to her work with CPLA, she has worked as a play specialist for kids with autism, has been an advocate of the LGBTQ+ community, and is a dorm parent for a boarding high school in San Marino. Marilyn is dedicated and has a strong passion for helping others; she loves working with kids/teens and assisting other counselors in finding their own full potential at their schools.
Field Support Person
Art is Sandrinha's passion and forte as she has personal and professional experience in this area and
understands the value of art for our mental health. Sandrinha holds a BA in Fine Arts specializing in
photography. For several years, she worked as a professional photographer. Then, she taught
photography to children. This piqued Sandrinha's interest in helping the children on a more profound level,
as they would approach her with their personal struggles. This experience led her to pursue the field
of psychology while still being able to combine her artistic experiences and skills. Sandrinha earned her
Masters from Phillips Graduate University.
As a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist / Art Therapist, she has experience with
individuals and groups in the following populations: Young mothers and their pre-school children in
a Head Start Program, kindergartners to fifth graders in elementary schools, adolescents in high
school, parents, staff, and clients in a rehab facility treating for drug/alcohol addictions and
Through Art therapy, Sandrinha feels she can help empower and give a voice to those silenced. As art promotes
expression, imagination, active participation and above all mind and body connection.
Field Support Person
Jennifer began working with CPLA in 2019 as a counselor for St. Genevieve Elementary and High School. In the summer of 2021, Jennifer transitioned into her role as Field Support Person.
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree In Sociology with a minor in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling, emphasizing Marriage, Family, and Child therapy from Palo Alto University.
In addition to CPLA, Jennifer has experience working with children as a therapeutic behavioral specialist providing one on one behavioral interventions to develop adaptive skills, as well as a county children’s social worker for DCFS to ensure child safety and provide services to families in need. Jennifer is a fluent Spanish speaker and passionate and advocates for children, adolescents, and families.