Agency support can be an important resource to help with employment, independence skills, healthcare, and more. Please join Trinh Von Erp (Staff Services Mgr. I/ Team Manager) from Department of Rehabilitation (DoR); Dr. Peter Himber (Neurologist) and Emanuel Perez (Area Supervisor) from the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC); and Abigail Barajas (Eligibility Technician) and Rosa Maria Alhambra (Social Services Supervisor I) from County of Orange Social Services Agency, as they help you understand their agencies, how to enroll, and what services are available.
About the Speakers
Dr. Peter Himber, Medical Director for Regional Center of Orange County, and a board-certified adult and child neurologist.
Dr. Himber ensures that eligibility for RCOC services is implemented in accordance with the Lanterman Act and provides medical expertise to RCOC staff and to the Orange County community to ensure that the healthcare needs of RCOC’s persons served are met.
Emanuel Perez, Area Supervisor, Central Office of Regional Center
Emanual has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Vanguard University and a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from National University. Prior to RCOC, he worked in the ABA field as both a therapist and a clinical supervisor. He was hired into Regional Center in September 2018 as a service coordinator for RCOC and was promoted in June 2022 to an area supervisor.
Trinh L. van Erp, MA, Staff Services Mgr. I/ Team Manager, Dept. of Rehabilitation
Trinh van Erp works for the California State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). She has been employed with Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) with the Orange/San Gabriel District for over 26 years. In September of 2015, she was promoted to a Staff Services Manager 1 / Team Manager. She is one of the four Team Managers in the Anaheim District Branch Office. She supervises the “Mobile Unit” of which some staff are stationed out in the community. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Psychology from Cal State Los Angeles. She also attended graduate school at University of Maryland and received her certificate in Professional Studies Applied Counseling and Human Services. At DOR, she started out as a generalist counselor. She has extensive knowledge working with youths and adults with disabilities managing a case load of Transition Partnership Project (TPP), Co-op programs, Workability III, Workability IV, Mental Health, substance abuse, and Supported Employment. She is very active in the Orange County Local Partnership Agreement (OCLPA) and Project SEARCH programs in Orange County. She collaborates with many community partners, high school districts, community colleges, Universities, and Regional Centers to provide cross trainings, best practices, and assist those with disabilities seeking employment with greater opportunities to enhance their chances in achieving more successful outcomes. She enjoys helping individuals overcome their barriers and life challenges to achieve meaningful employment and become independent.
Abigail Barajas, Eligibility Technician
Abigail Barajas is an Eligibility Technician who supports the Assistance Program division at the County of Orange Social Services Agency.
Rosa Maria Alhambra, Social Services Supervisor
Rosa Maria Alhambra is a Social Services Supervisor I who supports the Family Self-Sufficiency & Adult Services division at the County of Orange Social Services Agency.