Board of Directors


Thomas Hise - Chairman of the Board

Architect and Builder in private practice since (1976), relocated to Mendocino County in 1991. Thomas has provided pro-bono services to local non-profits and community organizations, is a Leadership Mendocino Class V Graduate (1994), a former President of South Ukiah Rotary (2003-2004), serves on the City of Ukiah Design Review Board (since 2009), and has actively served on the ARRC Board since 1998. Thomas has Chaired the Site Selection & Building Committees, and serves on the Executive Board. Thomas has volunteered countless hours managing construction, negotiating with Contractors, giving "Donor Tours" of construction progress, soliciting donations, and doing public presentations.


Marvin Trotter M.D. - President

Emergency Room Physician and former Chief of Staff, Ukiah Valley Medical Center; Private Practice, Internal Medicine; former Mendocino County Public Health Officer. Dr. Trotter has served on the board since its inception in 1997. Marvin has been active on the Finance, Executive and Public Relations Committees. With his background in medicine and public health in Mendocino County, Marvin is able to promote the ARRC and its mission from the perspective of community health and wellness, with a focus on prevention of substance abuse and gang activity. Dr. Trotter has personally donated tens of thousands of dollars and given hundreds of volunteer hours doing public presentations, soliciting donations, and assisting in grant writing to support the ARRC.


Denise Gorny - Vice President

Community Support Specialist II for State Council on Developmental Disabilities, North Coast. Denise has served on the board since its inception in 1997.  She has served on the Executive, Fundraising and Program Committees.  Denise volunteers countless hours in the form of public presentations, fundraising events, solicitation of donations and grant research. Denise is a board member of the Ukiah Boys and Girls Club and in that capacity acts as a liaison between the two groups.


Lloyd Weer – Treasurer

Auditor Controller of Mendocino County. Lloyd has been involved for many years as a coach for Ukiah youth sports programs and the Mendocino College football team. He has also served on the boards of numerous youth sports leagues and other community organizations. He joined the ARRC board in 2013. Due to his financial background and experience, Lloyd was drafted to be the board’s treasurer. He also serves on the Executive Committee. He holds the vision for the ARRC that it will serve all of Ukiah’s youth and their families.


Sam Goldberg

Sam Goldberg is a pediatrician who practiced in Ukiah and Lakeport from 1982 until his retirement in 2016. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkley and graduated from USC Medical School in 1978. He is married with two adult children. Sam has been a believer in the mission of the ARRC since it was initially presented to him as an idea, and has continued to be a supporter of the ARRC as the Center was built and began serving the community. Sam joined the Board in 2017.


Jode Chevalier

Co-owner of Chevalier Vineyard Management, Inc. Raised in Ukiah, Jode returned after attending college to start a vineyard management business with her husband and raise their daughter. She joined the board in 2015 and serves on the fundraising committee.