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SARRC Announces Three New Board Directors

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Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is pleased to welcome Lorrie Hochuli, Marc Isaacs and Charles Markle to its Board of Directors.

Lorrie Hochuli | Hochuli Design and Remodeling Team, Principal Designer & Co-founder

Lorrie Hochuli is the principal designer and co-founder of Hochuli Design where she has worked side-by-side with her husband since 2001 designing and remodeling homes throughout the Valley. She has had a passion for autism awareness and research ever since her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism in the fall of 2015. Since her daughter’s diagnosis, Lorrie has sat on various committees with Autism Speaks and SARRC, while also having assisted other families whose children have been diagnosed with autism.

“I am honored to join SARRC’s Board because eight years ago my youngest daughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1, formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Once I caught my breath, I dove headfirst into research and ways to support my daughter. SARRC was the first place I turned to – they helped me make sense of this diagnosis that was so foreign to me. That kid is now a freshman at a major university, in a leadership role within her sorority, and living on her own – all things I never thought would happen.”

Marc Isaacs | Retired Company Executive & Community Volunteer

For 19 years, Marc was the President and CEO of Sun Orchard, LLC., where he currently remains an investor and board member. Currently, he is the board member and former Board Chair for St. Mary’s Foodbank, one of the nation’s largest and oldest existing foodbanks. Marc also serves on the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation’s Executive Council. In the past, Marc has served on advisory boards for the Institute of Food and Agriculture Services at the University of Florida, the Institute of Food Science & Engineering at Texas A&M and the Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management at Arizona State University.

Marc’s family involvement with autism awareness and research has increased over the years as his daughter, Dena, is a current member of SARRC’s Self-Advocate Advisory Board. Additionally, his son, Adam, and his wife founded PAL Experiences, Inc., a nonprofit focused on providing resources for families who have been impacted by communicative disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder.

“I have been aware of SARRC and their valuable work for many years. About seven years ago my family had direct exposure to SARRC when our 30-year-old daughter, Dena, received an autism diagnosis. Dena’s diagnosis answered many questions for us as a family and provided closure for Dena in various ways. We were immensely impressed with how this extremely professional group of people handled such a delicate and sensitive issue for our family and from that point forward we wanted to get more involved, both actively and financially.”

Charles Markle | Fennemore Craig, P.C., Director

Charles Markle is a director in Fennemore Craig’s business litigation practice focusing on areas such as contract disputes, breaches of duties, provisional remedies, and condominium termination transactions. A graduate of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Charles has successfully tried cases before juries and judges alike, made successful arguments before the Arizona Court of Appeals, and obtained favorable rulings for his clients from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“When you love someone living with autism, you want the world they experience to be as inclusive, accepting, and respectful of them as it should be for anyone else. SARRC is creating that kind of community in our own city and across this state. My wife and I are all-in with SARRC’s mission and vision because we love someone with autism.”

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