Board of Directors

David Bruce McMahan, Ph.D.
Co-founder and Chairman

Dr. David Bruce McMahan is the co-founder and Chairman of the National Cristina Foundation and Chairman and founder of the McMahan Center-Abilities Activists ( As Abilities Activists, the McMahan Center works to overcome conventional thinking about what people with differing abilities are able to achieve. Dr. McMahan additionally supports a number of philanthropic activities. Long active in the financial industry, he is the Chairman and Manager of the Centaur Performance Group.

Graduating from the University of Southern California in 1960, Dr. McMahan earned his Ph.D. in Labor Economics in 1992 from The Union Institute. The experience of raising a child with cerebral palsy (Cristina) born in 1970, led him to take his first serious steps into philanthropy in 1984 with the founding of the National Cristina Foundation.  Additional philanthropic activities by David Bruce McMahan and his family are described at


David Peterson, Ph.D.
Board of Directors

Dr. David Peterson has served on the Board of Directors since the National Cristina Foundation’s inception in 1984. His areas of employment included both governmental and legal professional experience including The George Washington University – Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington, D.C. (1975-2000), and the U.S. Department of Commerce as Senior Policy Adviser to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Washington, D.C. (1975-2000), Active in the Mormon Church, he contributed community service by recently serving as mission president for The Hungary Budapest Mission (2000-2003), Stake President, Mount Vernon Virginia Stake, (1990-1999), and as Director of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center (2006-2007).


Jay McBain
Board of Directors

Jay McBain is an accomplished speaker, author and innovator in the IT industry. Named to the Top 40 Under Forty list by the Business Review, Top 25 Newsmaker by CDN Magazine, Top 100 Most Respected Thought Leader by Vertical Systems Reseller Magazine, member of Global Power 150 by SMB Magazine, as well as Top 250 Global Managed Services Executives by MSPmentor. He is often sought out for keynotes, industry guidance, as well as business development opportunities.

Jay currently serves as Co-Chair of the CompTIA Vendor Advisory Council and Chair of MSP Partners Community. He is also a board member of the Channel Vanguard Council, Ziff Davis Leadership Council, CRN Channel Intelligence Council and STEP – Sustainable Technology Environments Program with InfoComm. Jay has spent his 18 year career in various Executive sales, marketing and strategy roles within IBM, Lenovo and Autotask. He is currently the co-founder of a new software company called ChannelEyes, who are reinventing the way vendors communicate, educate and engage with their channels.

An avid blogger, community and social media expert, Jay has developed an innovative “dandelion marketing” approach engaging in a wide range of communities across dozens of channels around the world.

Specialties: Technology Futurist, Channel Management and Strategy, Sales Leadership and Coverage, Community and Social Media, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Managed Services.


Larry Acker
Board of Directors

In 1991 Mr.Acker Founded Advanced Conservation Technology Inc. a manufacturer of sustainable technologies, a company that has won several international awards. He is the founding partner of Affiliated International Management LLC, a specialized consulting company on sustainability that provides consulting through a team of affiliates in the United States and around the world focused on water-energy-greenhouse gas issues. His company provides consulting services to the building industry and training for international utilities on environmental concepts to develop sustainably sound buildings. He is a known international speaker on sustainability issues and a member of several Advisory Committees’ on the State, National, Federal and international level.

Mr. Acker is a Director of E-3 Energy, a mentoring group funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

He earned a BA from University of California at California State University at Fresno with minors in Business and Geology. For sixteen years he was employed by Sunbeam Corporation and as a VP was involved in marketing and new product development. From 1980—1990 he was a marketing consultant for manufacturers in South Korea, China, Thailand and Japan.


Aaron L. Woods
Board of Directors

Aaron Woods has worked in IT Hardware Services for over 25 years. He is the Director of North America Resellers (NARS) Relationship Management and Partner Programs in the Services Partners and Alliances (SPA) Support group, a part of the Xerox Services (XS) organization.

Before joining Xerox in March 1996, Aaron held several key services management positions. In 1981 he was recruited by NEC Electronics as National Service Manager to create a network of dealer service providers to support the introduction of their personal computer into the U.S. Aaron has held subsequent service operations positions including Repair Operations Manager at Bell & Howell and as Director of National Service Programs and Training at Intelligent Electronics.

Aaron has been an active member of CompTIA since 1989 and now serves on the Board of Directors. He is currently co-chair of the Ambassador Program and was previously vice-chair of the IT Services and Support community.

Aaron has a BS in Business Management and an MBA from Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego Oregon.


Susan Krautbauer
Board of Directors

Susan has more than has more than 25 years of experience in executive sales, marketing and business management; leading channel sales, marketing and operations for the technology and logistics industry. Susan’s specialties include new business formation, business planning, business development, small business management, and organizational development.

Susan is proficient in sophisticated IT lifecycle support models and has deep expertise in go-to-market strategies as well as sales force design and effectiveness. She has helped clients across a broad range of high tech industries including computing, telecommunications, consumer electronics, healthcare/ life sciences and trade show/digital marketing.

Susan has served in several leadership roles throughout the industry, including Chair of the IT Service and Support Community at Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). She sits on the Board of the non-profit organization SHiFT, which supports people in mid-life transitions who seek greater meaning in life and work. She is a known public speaker and educational trainer, in addition to providing industry content for trade publications.

Susan resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, boating, golfing and her role as a children’s drama/music director, mentoring grade school children in the fine arts.