Our Management Team
Sonia Acosta, PhD
President & CEO
Dr. Sonia Acosta is a fully licensed bilingual psychologist with over 26 years of experience in the field of mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence. She was the first supervisor of Centro La Familia when it was part of Community Mental Health. In 1992, Centro only had two staff members, so by using her grant writing and program design abilities, she was able to grow the program to 35 bilingual staff members. Dr. Acosta is interested in the areas of behavioral health, cultural competence, evaluation and community-based participatory research projects.
Ms. Debra Ehrmann is a highly energetic and enthusiastic bilingual community outreach professional with over 14 years of experience working with families and multicultural communities. She is also the coordinator of the Ventanilla de Salud collaboration with the Mexican Consulate.
Director of Special Projects
VOCA Program Director
Jeanette Bowden was born and raised in New York by her Puerto Rican parents. She graduated from College of New Rochelle with a Bachelors of Arts with a concentration in Psychology. She has 15 years of experience working in the field of Domestic violence and sexual assault. Many of her years were spent working in domestic violence shelters with some work in homeless shelters for women and children as well as transitional housing programs for homeless families. She is also a trained medical interpreter, allowing her to interpret in medical and educational settings. Jeanette has been with Centro Multicultural since May 2018 serving as the VOCA Program Director. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and spouse.
Blanca Mares has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from California State University Dominguez Hills. She has worked as Centro’s Domestic Violence Program coordinator for the last 14 years and now is working as the coordinator for the Victims of crime program. She worked in the Integrated Care Program for three years and for a teen’s program in Long Beach, California supporting teen mothers to go back to school after delivering their babies. She linked them to resources in the community so they could continue with their education and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children. Blanca also worked at Carnegie Middle School in Carson California linking students with tutors and mental health services to help them stay away from gangs and drugs. Ms. Mares’ passion is to help people to get to their fullest potential to live a healthy and safe life.
Blanca Mares, BS
Domestic Violence Coordinator
Nancy Truly, MA, LPC
Mental Health & Counseling Services Director
Ms. Nancy Truly is our Director of Mental Health & Counseling Services. In this role, she provides mental health services to individuals and families going through certain life challenges. Mrs. Truly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado - Denver and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Oakland University. She assists in the supervision of clinical students doing their internships at Centro and Performance Quality Improvement process among other clinical functions.