ARC Board of Directors

April 2022 – March 2024


Dave Robison, Board President

Dave Robison is Chief Operating Officer at Southern Oregon Goodwill. Over the last 13 years Dave has served in several different capacities for Goodwill organizations in Kennewick, WA; Eugene, OR; and Medford, OR. He is passionate about Goodwill’s mission of providing employment opportunities to those with challenging life circumstances. The joy that comes from seeing others grow and succeed is also what has drawn him to the ARC, where he has served on the Board of Directors since summer of 2020 and became Board President in April 2022. Dave also serves on the Rogue Valley Communities Active in Disaster (RV COAD) Steering Committee.

Bill Ihle, President-Elect

Bill Ihle is the CEO and Executive Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon. The agency was created in 1971, and is based in Medford, Oregon. It is the only community-based non-profit credit-counseling agency in Southern Oregon. Previously, Bill held senior management positions in several very high-profile companies, serving as Executive Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Harry & David and earlier Yamanouchi Consumer, Inc. from Tokyo. He has been active in the community both locally and on a statewide basis, serving on the Board of Directors of United Way of Jackson Country and later receiving the first United Way of Jackson County Community Caring Award. A native of California, he received his BA from California State University, Chico in Communications Arts, and later attended Harvard Business School majoring in Consumer Engagement. Bill and his husband Cris Ayson live in Medford.

Paula Lawson, Secretary

Paula Lawson has more than 25 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector and has been a part of the Quantum Innovations team since 2004. She joined the company as employee number 3 and has been instrumental in the growth to the current 94 employees. As with most start-ups, she worked in various roles over the years – accounting, personnel, shipping/receiving/inventory, purchasing, customer support. She is currently serving on the corporate leadership team and as manager of the Manufacturing Operations team. Paula also volunteers her time with local groups. She was a board member on the Oregon Employer Council and is currently a neighborhood coordinator with the Medford Food Project, co-chair for the Rogue Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and a member of ARC’s Board of Directors.

Board Members

Chief Kris Allison

Chief Kris Allison has been in law enforcement for more than twenty-seven years, serving twenty-four of those years with the Central Point Police Department. Chief Allison has served in the patrol division, administration, investigations and served as Chief of Police since 2012. She partners with community organizations to support the community and law enforcement build relationships. Chief Allison focuses on a community service model for her department and connecting with local citizens.

Larissa Mejia-Medina, BSN, RN

Larissa Mejia-Medina is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2011, she has been working at Rogue Community Health for almost 9 years. Presently, as their Quality Improvement Nurse Director. Larissa has been a resident of the Rogue Valley since the age of 11 and is passionate about delivering high quality, compassionate care to all our community members. As well as helping to reduce health disparities, health cost and barriers to care without compromising integrity or quality. Currently, Larissa serves as a board member of the Jackson County Health Advisory Board and a Board Member of the Kids Unlimited Academy White City Charter School.

Dora Hebe Best

Born and raised in Argentina, Dori Best has dedicated her life to health and wellness as a PE teacher, as a trainer, and as a triathlete. In her late 30s, she moved to the US in search of furthering her education and becoming a mental health counselor. In 2015, she graduated with a master’s degree in mental health counseling, and two years later, motivated to help people with co-occurring disorders, she obtained a certification in substance use disorder (CADC) Before and after graduation, she worked in outpatient and impatient substance use disorder treatment centers, and in 2017, motivated to provide services to the underserved population, she applied at La Clinica, where she currently works as a behavioral health clinician. Also, Dori has served for the Phoenix Counseling Center’s board of directors, for the Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee, and for the Mental Health and Disabilities Planning Committee.

Chief Justin Ivens

Justin Ivens was named Medford Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police in 2021, after serving the department for more than 26 years. Starting as a community service officer in 1995, he was promoted to Patrol Officer and then advanced to Major Crimes Detective where he was instrumental in helping form the Oregon Homicide Investigators Association. After 14 years of service as a Detective, Justin was promoted to Sergeant then Lieutenant and most recently to Deputy Chief. Throughout his time with MPD, he has played an active role in the training and mentoring of future leaders within the department.

Carrie Borgen

Carrie Borgen joined ACCESS as Executive Director in 2020, bringing with 20 years experience leading nonprofit healthcare organizations through significant growth, successful financial turnarounds, program transformations, mergers and acquisitions, and system and business integration. Self-motivated, strategically focused, and results-oriented with proven skills in innovation, Carrie describes herself as strategy and planning focused, with project management skills and strong business relationships as the keys to success.

Suz Montemayor

Suz Montemayor is the Human Resource Manager and Accountant for John A Warekois CPA LLC. She possesses a unique combination of work experience including diverse businesses and community organizations – both private and non-profit – in multiple industries across Southern Oregon. She serves on the Board of Directors for Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), Workforce Readiness and Treasurer, Southern Oregon Employers Council (SOEC), Vice President. Former board member of Rogue Workforce Partnership (RWP) and Job Council Budget Committee.