Child Guidance Center Orange County California


Lynda Akiyama

LCSW, Clinical Program Director - Fullerton

Lynda is the Clinical Program Director of Child Guidance Center’s Fullerton clinic.  Lynda began her journey at Child Guidance Center in 1998 as a full-time clinician. From 2007-2009, she served as the Program Coordinator of the Buena Park clinic.  She then moved back to Fullerton as the Assistant Clinical Program Director and remained in that role for over 12 years.  

Throughout her years at Child Guidance Center, Lynda has enjoyed providing direct clinical services, including PCIT, TF-CBT, Incredible Years, and PEERS, as well providing on-going training and supervision to staff and master’s level students.   

Lynda holds a bachelor’s in psychology from UC Irvine and a master’s degree in social work from CSULB.   

Lynda was born and raised in Los Angeles County, where she continues to reside.  Her husband, two children, and the family dog keep her very busy.  She holds a black belt in Soo Bahk Do and enjoys training with her daughter in this Korean marital art form.  She also looks forward to traveling to Hawaii as often as she can.   

Rubi Becerra

Rubi Becerra

L.M.F.T., Clinical Program Director

Rubi Lopez Becerra is the clinical program director of the Strong Families, Strong Children (SFSC) collaborative, established in July 2015 for military and veteran connected families with children who have been impacted and affected by the demands of military life and experiences of combat.

Rubi oversees a clinical staff of two pre-licensed clinicians and three peer navigators, and coordinates efforts with a housing specialist from Families Forward and a domestic violence peer navigator from Human Options to ensure that culturally-sensitive and comprehensive community-based services are delivered for each family participating in the SFSC program.

Rubi received her master’s in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University, and became a licensed clinician in January 2012. Rubi’s experience includes working with dual-diagnosed children and adolescents at the Child Guidance Center, and she specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Rubi has been trained in evidenced-based modalities, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and evidenced based treatments, such as Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Treatment (PCIT). Rubi also has substantial experience working with multicultural clients and conducting therapy in Spanish.

Rubi lives in Costa Mesa with her husband, Tony, and their two young children, Mateo and Sienna.

Ray Cordova

Ray Cordova

L.C.S.W., Clinical Program Director

Eranio "Ray" Cordova is the Clinical Program Director for Child Guidance Center’s Buena Park Clinic. Ray began working at Child Guidance Center as an Associate Clinical Social Worker in March 2007 and became licensed in December 2012. In September of 2015, he stepped into the role of the Buena Park Coordinator and later stepped into the role of Assistant Clinical Program Director in January of 2019.

In his 15 years + with Child Guidance Center, Ray provided quality mental health services for children and their families and provided leadership, supervision, training, support, and coordination for the Buena Park clinical staff.

Ray holds a Bachelor’s in psychology and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Ray lives in Orange and during his free time, he enjoys yoga, video games, and cleaning.

Karen Francis

Karen Francis

M.S.W., Director of Development

Karen Francis has over 25 years of experience allocating and raising funding for leading nonprofits and critical community programs. As Director of Development, she is responsible for Child Guidance Center’s community outreach, donor relations and fundraising.

Karen has been an advocate of Child Guidance Center since 2004 when she conducted a site-visit of the agency in her role as Senior Program Officer at Orange County Community Foundation, where numerous donor advised funds supported CGC's innovative and evidence-based mental health treatment services for children and families. As Director of Community Relations at Orange County United Way, Karen continued to support Child Guidance Center and became a vocal champion about the critical importance of expanding access to early intervention mental and behavioral health services for children. 

In addition to allocating over $30 million in grant funding to nonprofits during her career, Karen has raised significant financial resources in her development roles at the House of Blues Foundation, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Children’s Bureau Los Angeles, partnering with business leaders, private philanthropists, celebrities and professional sports athletes. She holds a master’s degree in social work with a focus on nonprofit management from UCLA.

Karen enjoys time with her family, including her son Brooks and his busy academic and baseball schedules. 

Rudy Gomez

Rudy Gomez

L.M.F.T, Clinical Program Director

Rodolfo Gomez (Rudy) is Clinical Program Director for Child Guidance Center’s Santa Ana clinic. Rudy began at Child Guidance Center in 2009 as a graduate trainee at the Fullerton location. Rudy worked at Child Guidance Center’s Santa Ana office beginning in 2010, and previously functioned in the roles of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and, beginning in March 2017, took on the role of Assistant Clinical Program Director in Santa Ana.

Rudy holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2010, and became a licensed clinician in July 2013.

Rudy has extensive experience working with children and families and has been trained in evidence-based treatments, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Treatment (PCIT). Rudy’s experience includes working with children and adolescents and providing therapy to multicultural clients, primarily Spanish speaking.

Born and raised in Orange County, Rudy currently lives in Irvine with his wife and 2 sons. During his free time, he enjoys watching sports, playing video games, and traveling.

Elaine O'Rourke

Elaine O'Rourke

Manager of Operations

Elaine O’Rourke has more than 30 years of management and information technology (IT) experience. Elaine oversees IT and site operations across CGC’s multiple locations, including Santa Ana, Fullerton and Buena Park. Before joining CGC in 2004, she worked for Airgas West where she held many roles, including director of purchasing, director of training and director of information technology. Elaine also worked as an independent contractor for seven school districts, selling and installing technology for school food service programs.

She resides in Buena Park with her husband, children and grandchildren, and she enjoys traveling with friends.

Board Member

Ronald Perkins

Board Member, Child Guidance Center Controller

Ron graduated from California University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an Masters in Business Administration in Finance. Ron has worked in numerous corporate accounting roles throughout his career and joined Child Guidance Center in 2022.

His mother's career in psychiatric nursing instilled an early understanding of the critical role that mental health plays in the physical health and wellbeing. Ron is excited to join Child Guidance Center's leadership team and he hopes to expand CGC's mission to ensure all youth have access to transformative mental health services. 

In addition to Ron's career in finance, he is passionate about music and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. During his free time he enjoys hiking in the Sierra’s - a love for the outdoors he acquired early during his time in Boy Scouts. 

Paulette Romain-Stave

Paulette Romain-Stave

Psy.D., Clinical Program Director

Paulette Romain-Stave started with Child Guidance Center in 1999 as a doctoral intern. Since then, she has held multiple roles, including assistant clinical director of the Children’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Program, co-director of the Social Services Agency Child Abuse Program, and coordinator of the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training program.

Since 2009, Dr. Romain-Stave has served as the clinical program director of Child Guidance Center’s Family Resource Center Collaborative, Community-based Program. She oversees a staff of bilingual clinicians who provide CGC’s highest quality mental and behavioral health services to individuals of all ages at numerous Family Resource Centers (FRCs) – community-based service centers typically located in low-income, high need communities – helping to remove barriers to care such as lack of transportation.

Dr. Romain-Stave holds a bachelor’s in psychology from California State University, Fullerton, a master’s in clinical psychology from Loyola Marymount University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University.

She has been a licensed psychologist since 2002 and has extensive experience in working with children and families. During her time at CGC, Dr. Romain-Stave has been trained in the most current and effective behavior and mental health treatment services including, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and the UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS®).

Dr. Romain-Stave lives with her family in Orange County. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, dancing, and party planning.

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