California’s protection & advocacy system
For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA
or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Telephone: (916) 504-5820
Toll-Free: (800) 390-7032
Fax: (916) 504-5821/TTY: (877) 669-6023
DIRECT DIAL NUMBER: (916) 504-5820
Los Angeles OCRA
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
350 Bixel Street Suite 290
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Telephone: (213) 213- 8020
Fax (213) 213-8021/ TTY: (877) 669-6023
DIRECT DIAL NUMBER: (213) 213- 8020
Katie Hornberger, Sacramento
I am the Director of the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy. I have been with OCRA for over ten years, working as a supervisor and as the Clients’ Rights Advocate for clients of both Harbor Regional Center and North Los Angeles County Regional Center. I have represented clients in a variety of matters including public benefits, education, regional center, and discrimination cases. I also provided community trainings and worked on many committees. Obtaining services and supports for children and youth in foster care and those recently adopted has always been an area of interest for me.
Prior to practicing law, I was a special education and early intervention teacher and in home behavior therapist for children with Autism.
Playing with my three dogs helps me to unwind after some of the
challenging days at the office.
Irma Wagster Garden Grove
Regional Center of Orange County Office - (714) 750-0709
I have worked at Disability Rights California as a temporary, part-time advocate at the Regional Center of Orange County since December 1996. Before that, I was a staff attorney at a legal aid office representing people from poor and underserved communities. I have worked in civil litigation, family law and immigration.
In 1999, I started my work as Clients's Rights Advocate serving cleints of SG/PRC. I have been a Supervising Clients' Rights Advocate since August 2001.
Kathy Mottarella Santa Barbara
Tri-Counties Regional Center Office - (805) 884-7205
I began my current role as a Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocate in the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA) in 2011. In this role, I oversee several OCRA offices in the southern California and the Central Valley area. I began working at Disability Rights California in 1998 as the Clients’ Rights Advocate/attorney for person’s served by Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC). In that capacity, I represented individuals in administrative hearings, IEP and IPP meetings and provided legal advice on a variety of matters to TCRC consumers and their family members.
My prior experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities included a variety of settings such as public schools, state hospitals, group homes, family homes, and a residential treatment center. It was these experiences that motivated me to pursue a legal education in order to more effectively advocate for individuals with disabilities. My interest in legal advocacy was further enhanced when I spent a year as a host mother for a deaf international high school exchange student.
I have a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts and Juris Doctorate from Southern California Institute of Law.
Tim Poe Los Angeles
Prior to my current role as a Supervising Clients' Rights Advocate in 2013, I served as the Clients' Rights Advocate at various Offices of Clients' Rights Advocacy in Southern California, most recently as the CRA for the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center consumers and families. I also worked for over 2-years at the L.A. Regional Office for Disability Rights California as an Associate Managing Attorney. I have experience representing consumers in obtaining services from the school districts, regional centers, IHSS, CCS, SSI and Medi-Cal. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is when I see the positive outcomes for our consumers and their families who, with legal assistance provided by OCRA, become effective self-advocates.
Katie Meyer Santa Rosa
(916) 504-5852 or (707) 224-2798 x 5852
Katie Meyer - I am originally from Buffalo, NY and went to college in northern California. I then worked in Missouri as a case manager for children in the mental health system. I noticed that people with disabilities tend to have complicated legal issues. Because of this, I began attending law school in the evenings, and graduated from St. Louis University School of Law with a certificate in Health Law. I moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and found a great opportunity to represent consumers of regional center services. I served as the Clients’ Rights Advocate for consumers of Westside Regional Center for eight years. I now enjoy being a Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocate for three OCRA offices and working on special projects.
Ryan Bradley Sacramento
Supervised by Katie Hornberger
Ryan Bradley was born and raised in San Jose, California and graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a BS in Political Science. He graduated from UCLA Law School, where he was a member of the school’s Public Interest Law Foundation. After graduation he joined the East Los Angeles office of Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles [LAFLA], where he specialized in government benefits and student loan discharge cases. After eight years in the East Los Angeles office, he transitioned to LAFLA’s Santa Monica office where he specialized in both government benefits and landlord tenant cases. He was promoted to Managing Attorney of LAFLA’s Santa Monica office as well as the foundation’s four court-located self help centers. Throughout his sixteen at LAFLA, Ryan spear-headed several processes concerning (1) government benefits policy and administration (at both the county and state levels) and (2) the state’s administrative appeals process. Ryan has recently relocated to Northern California with his family. He also enjoys coaching youth soccer teams.
Alice Ximenez, Office Manager, North
Supervised by Katie Hornberger
I have been working with Disability Rights California for 20 + years now, and I have had the opportunity to work in Sac Regional as well as the OCRA Unit. I enjoy being part of an agency that has made huge changes for people with disabilities so that they can live life as they choose. One day at a time….
Vanessa Ochoa, Bilingual Assistant Clients' Rights Advocate
Supervised by Brittnee Gillespie
Maria Ortega, Office Manager I Los Angeles
(213) 213- 8020
Supervised by Alice Ximenez
I have been working in the private sector for over 22 years, in a secretarial/office manager capacity. I always felt a need to do something more fulfilling with my work experience. So, when the bilingual secretary/receptionist position opened at PAI, I felt that I could make a small contribution, and be part of an organization that helps people and families get past tough hurdles.
Veronica Mora, Bilingual Assistant Clients Rights Advocate
Prior to OCRA I was working as a program supervisor for the Youth Development Program (YDP) which provided a variety of activities for children to experience learning in a fun way. During that time I was also a student at Platt College in Alhambra where I obtained my Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies.
I began with OCRA as a part time temporary assistant in October of 2012. After assisting at different locations it was an honor to be able to obtain a full time position with OCRA providing bilingual support to several offices. I look forward to working for OCRA alongside a team of dedicated colleagues and having the opportunity to assist regional center clients.