The National Cristina Foundation is powered by a team of passionate, talented individuals on the staff and Board of Directors. Together, we are united in the belief that technology has the extraordinary power to lift people up and help those in need reach their full potential.
Director of IT & Communications
Brian has many years of experience in Information Technology and Web Development. For the last 20 years he has used his skills in software development and systems design to bring non-profits advancements usually only seen in the corporate sector.
As Director of IT & Communications with National Cristina Foundation (NCF), Brian continues to develop relationships with corporations and non-profits alike. These partnerships have enabled NCF to develop information services and ever-increasing donation channels for non-profits across North America. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Executive Director, Scot Henley leads the National Cristina Foundation staff team. Scot began his tenure in June of 2019, a pivotal point in the Foundation’s organizational journey. Together with the staff and Board, Scot is striving to build upon NCF’s strong foundation and grow the organization’s reach and impact.
Scot served as Executive Director of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory from 2006-2014, a period of time during which this landmark science education and climate research institution saw transformational growth and success. Over his tenure, the Observatory leveraged new technology to deliver educational programming in schools across the country, established an innovative climate research partnership with Plymouth State University, completed a $1m capital campaign for the complete renovation of New Hampshire’s most visited museum, and grew individual and corporate giving to record-high levels.
Scot’s experience in the tech sector, first as an early employee of a tech startup and them as a sales and marketing leader at an analytics software company, helped to shape his perspective on just how powerful technology can be in people’s lives.
An avid runner and outdoors enthusiast, Scot lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his wife and two teenage boys. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Yvette Marrin, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Board Member
Prior to becoming President of the National Cristina Foundation in 1984, Dr. Marrin was active over a long career assisting people with special needs and the underprivileged reach their potential through her work as a teacher, educational therapist, consultant, and school administrator. She earned a Ph.D in Organizational and Administrative Studies and Special Education from New York University in 1985.
Pioneering the concept of technology reuse on a national scale since 1984, as president of the National Cristina Foundation she dedicates her efforts along with the team and our Board of Directors to assure that the Foundation continues to evolve its mission that no technology should go to waste but be effectively reused to enable people in need to “link their lives to its promise.”
Dr. Marrin’s belief that charities that believe in the productive and responsible reuse of previously used technology to help people in need has led to the creation and ongoing development of the Cristina Network. The Foundation’s innovative donation management system software is designed to significantly increase the number of participating partner organizations who can benefit from technology reuse. It greatly expands technology donation channels for potential donors to a broad range of communities in the United States and internationally.
Today, Yvette serves in an advisory capacity to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and contributes time and effort to advancing the work of the staff. Yvette Marrin is married to the award winning historian and author of numerous non fiction history and science books for young adults, Dr. Albert Marrin.
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. www.e3energy.org.
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.
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.
David Peterson, Ph.D.
Dr. David Peterson has served on the Board of Directors since the National Cristina Foundation’s inception in 1984. His career has 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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he contributed community service through his work as mission president for the Hungary Budapest Mission (2000-2003), stake president of the Mount Vernon Virginia Stake, (1990-1999), director of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center (2006-2007) and as the Church’s diplomatic representative to the European Union in Brussels (2013-2015).
Harry (Bud) Rizer, Ed.D.
Dr. Harry (Bud) Rizer has been involved in the disability and technology field for over twenty-five years. He has worked in clinical settings and has developed and directed assistive technology programs throughout the United States. In addition, Bud has been involved in research, the development of national training programs, and has taught at a number of universities throughout the country.
Bud has served as a consultant in the development of disability and technology programs nationally and internationally, has presented at international conferences and published in textbooks and journals. Bud received his doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
Bud served as the Foundation’s CEO from 2008-2019 and continues his hard work and support for the cause by serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
Aaron L. Woods
Aaron Woods has worked in IT Hardware Services focusing on improving the customer experience for over 25 years. His emphasis is to manage the customer perception about an organization or the service they provide to keep them as customers for life. This includes measuring these perceptions and creating actions focused on areas of improvement.
As a senior executive in IT services, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge and skills in understanding customer wants and needs. Using his Certified Lean Six Sigma “Green Belt” training, he has managed numerous projects focused on process improvement and reducing costs.
Aaron has been an active member of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) since 1989 and has served on a few committees, the Board of Directors from 2013-2016 and was the founding Vice-chair on the Advancing Diversity in Technology community from 2016-2018. He has received several awards and honors from CompTIA including the 2005 CompTIA Industry Contribution Award for Leadership, induction into the 2011 CompTIA IT Hall of Fame and received the 2015 Tech Champion Award for his work in promoting an educated and technical workforce. He is currently involved in evangelizing the numerous career opportunities available in Information Technology to organizations that support training for IT careers.
Aaron has a BS in Business Management and an MBA from Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego Oregon. In his time away from the office he loves to cook, travel and serve in various community activities.