MEET OUR STAFF

OUR STAFF

SCOTT YARBROUGH
Executive Director

On January 1, 2018, Scott Yarbrough, began his new career as the Executive Director of ACSTO. For the last two years, Scott has been serving part-time as the Executive Director of School Choice Arizona. The ACSTO Board of Directors selected Scott to assume the reins of Executive Director of ACSTO as well as continuing as Executive Director of School Choice Arizona.

Scott recently retired from a distinguished 20-year career with the Chandler Police Department. He served in many capacities as an officer and promoted through the ranks, retiring as a Lieutenant and Director of Criminal Investigations.

Scott's passion and heart for Christian Education is deeply rooted. He graduated from Grace Community Christian School and is an alumni of Valley Christian High School. He has served on his church board and two different Christian school boards over the span of 10 years. He was also a founding member of a Christian Junior High.

He is married to Shawna, who is also a VCHS alumni and former Christian School teacher and coach. They have two sons, who attend Christian schools in the East Valley. Needless to say, Scott is an effective leader well-versed in the value of Christian Education!

AMY HAWKINSON
Assistant Executive Director

Amy has been serving ACSTO since 2006. She has lived in Arizona since 1985, and she graduated from ASU with a degree in communications. She has been happily married for 15 years and has a daughter who currently attends a local Christian school.

She loves spending time with her family and friends, especially if that includes dessert or Mexican food. Amy supervises projects and staff, manages finances, and assists our donors and parents on the phone.

SALLY HENRY
Marketing Manager

Sally has worked as ACSTO's Marketing Manager for several years and has already been seen far and wide across the state at churches and school events. As an involved parent and educator, she enjoys bringing experience, enthusiasm, and creative solutions to the table for our valued partners.

WENDY RANKIN
Customer Service Specialist

Wendy is a valuable part of the ACSTO family. She has lived in the valley since 1971, graduated from ASU in 2006 in Graphic Information Technology, is happily married to a wonderful man for 33 years, and has two adult children. Wendy attends Arizona Community Church and serves in their Music Ministries as a vocalist. She has used her computer skills to meet specific needs on three short-term mission trips and hopes for more. In her spare time she loves to crochet and learn about new technology.

SARA CORNELL
Customer Service Specialist

Sara joined the ACSTO team in 2016 but as a parent has seen the benefits of the tax credit program at work since 2013. She and her husband Josh, have two boys in Christian school and love telling people how affordable private education can be. She enjoys eating out, decorating her house and going to the movies with her family. Sara and her family attend Redeemer Bible church in Gilbert.

SHELBY SMITH
Customer Service Specialist

Shelby started at ACSTO in May of 2016 as a Customer Service Specialist. He attended private Christian schools with the help of organizations like ACSTO. In his spare time he enjoys studying Japanese and computer science.

AMANDA SAUTER
Customer Service Specialist

Amanda joined the ACSTO family full time in August 2017 as a Customer Service Specialist. She is an Arizona native. She is the mother of three grown daughters who bring her great joy. She worked from home for many years which allowed her to be a very active part of their lives. She spent much of her time volunteering and supporting their various sporting activities. They all are members at Sun Valley Community Church. Amanda enjoys spending her free time being outdoors, being with her animals, and enjoying time with family and friends. She loves her daily bike rides with the love of her life!

SUSIE STAUB
Customer Service Specialist

Susie joined ACSTO in September 2017. Her prior experiences with ACSTO as a parent, donor, and 14-year Christian School employee equip her with a broad perspective of the tuition tax credit program and its benefits. Susie grew up in Hawaii, attended UC Davis, then earned a master’s in journalism at the UA. She enjoys serving with the Connect Ministry at Central Christian Church in Gilbert. She and her husband of 31 years have two grown daughters who attended Christian Schools with the assistance of ACSTO scholarships.

TOM ASKEW
Southern AZ Coordinator

Dr. Tom Askew has been a Christian educator for over forty years, both in the U.S. and overseas. His favorite subjects to teach are English, Latin, and Bible. He offers his expertise on Christian Education through a variety of non-profit, radio, administrative, and publishing roles. Since 2007, he has represented ACSTO to churches and schools in Pinal, Pima, Graham, and Cochise counties.

MARYELLEN HAWKINSON
Central Valley Coordinator

Maryellen has been an ACSTO coordinator for the past 10 years. She is married to Bruce, and they have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. As her schools and churches, or anyone who knows Maryellen, will tell you, her warm, friendly personality is only matched by how passionate she is about Christian Education and desire to help as many people as possible learn about the AZ State Tax Credit and how ACSTO can make it work for them.

JOHN RONAN
East Valley Coordinator

John has been working with staff and students in Christian Schools for many years and is an involved parent at his child’s school as well. As a Coordinator, he looks forward to serving parents and schools to help make Christian Education a reality for them. John enjoys dancing, chess, computers, gaming, fishing, and trying new things when eating out.

STEVE VOGEL
North Valley Coordinator

Steve is experienced with Arizona tax credits as the Development Officer for School Choice Arizona, and possess the detail orientation necessary to explain both the individual and the corporate tax credits clearly. His desire to see all Arizona children succeed is evidenced in his work and in his family life as a parent and foster parent.

JEFF WEINSTEIN
WELS Church Coordinator

Jeff Weinstein, a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Southern Arizona and a life-long member of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod, has joined ACSTO as the WELS/ELS Church Coordinator. He serves as the Elder of Outreach at Grace as well as on the Board of Directors at Arizona Lutheran Academy in Phoenix. Jeff, along with his wife Stephanie and his three children and two grandsons, have attended WELS schools since kindergarten. He enjoys singing in choir, playing basketball, as well as traveling with his wife.

JAMIE DINSMORE
School Coordinator

Jamie has been involved with Christian Education since her boys started in preschool. She has served in many different capacities, including teacher, registrar, PTF president, fundraising, and serving on the school board. Jamie and her husband, Chris, currently have 2 boys in high school. They have participated in the tax credit program for over 10 years, and Jamie loves having the opportunity to educate families about how Christian Education can be affordable with tax credits.

ESTHER NICHOLAS
LCMS Coordinator

Esther works for ACSTO as our LCMS Coordinator for Southern Arizona. She joined our team in 2017. Esther has worked in education for over 15 years. In 2013, she shifted her focus from public education to private. She is passionate about Christ being taught in schools and serves as principal at one of the LCMS schools. Esther has three young children who attend Christian school. She enjoys waterskiing, scrapbooking, and any activity that includes family!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • SCOTT R. SAUNDERS
    Serving Since 2010

  • BARB BARNES
    Serving Since 2018

  • MARC WEIDINGER
    Serving Since 2005

  • BJ SAUNDERS
    Serving Since 2005

  • BARRY BARNES
    Serving Since 2010

All our Board of Directors are independent voting members

WE BELIEVE EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY FOR A CHRISTIAN EDUCATION