May 24, 2015
Meet Our Staff
ACSTO is privileged to have a dedicated and talented staff. We work together to provide the remarkable customer service ACSTO is known for all year round, and we make it a matter of personal responsibility to provide you with valuable resources as well as accurate and timely processing of your donations and/or applications.
Board of Directors
Scott R. Saunders
Steve Yarbrough has enjoyed a highly successful career in education, family law, public policy creation, and organizational leadership. As a passionate proponent of Christian Education, he co-founded ACSTO in 1998 and continues to serve as its executive director.
He has served in the Arizona Legislature since 2003 where he has been Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, Speaker Pro Tempore, and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He is recognized in Arizona and nationally as a leading advocate for pro-school choice policy innovation.
He and his wife Linda, a longtime Christian school teacher, have three adult sons and eight grandchildren. All of their grandchildren attend Christian schools in Arizona or Tennessee.
Assistant Executive Director
Eileen has been an extremely capable administrator at ACSTO since 1999. She has been happily married for 32 years, has three wonderful children and three absolutely adorable grandchildren (with more on the way). She loves to travel with her husband Bob, who was a pastor for 25 years, and currently trains indigenous pastors in Asia. She attends Mission Community Church, and in her spare time, she loves to go hiking and play the piano.
Data Processing Manager
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 14 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.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Sally has recently taken up the position as ACSTO's Marketing and Communications Manager and has
Tommy has been providing marketing and design innovation for ACSTO since 2012. As a graduate of a private Christian school, and still receiving the support of his teachers to this day, he is passionate about making Christian Education a reality for anyone who wants it. When not at work Tommy likes to try foreign foods, play soccer, drink coffee, daydream, and watching planes at Sky Harbor.
Loren began his ACSTO journey in 2009 and enjoys fulfilling the organization's writing, editing, and online development needs. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago with his wife Rachel before moving to the desert. In his downtime he enjoys an eclectic variety of hobbies, including hiking, entomology, reading & writing, and letting his inner child out with his son.
Credit Card Specialist
Matthew began working for ACSTO in 2013. He has been assisting customers over the phone and specializing in credit card processing. Currently, he attends and volunteers at Sun Valley Church in Gilbert. In his spare time, he pursues various musical and auto-mechanic endeavors and spends time with his wife, friends, and family.
Customer Service Specialist
Wendy is the newest member to 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 32 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.
Customer Service Specialist
Amber has been working at ACSTO since March of 2015 along with prior experience during the 13-14 school year. With training and experience in child development, she is eager to help children afford the benefits of a Christian Education through ACSTO. She is born and raised in Arizona and married her childhood sweetheart in May of 2014. In her spare time she loves to bake, play volleyball, and hang out with her little sister.
Central Valley Coordinator
Maryellen has been an ACSTO coordinator for the past 9 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.
Southern Arizona 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.
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.
East Valley Coordinator
Debi is the newest member of our coordinator team. Debi is an Arizona native. Her education is diverse, holding degrees in Criminal Justice, Business Management, and a Master of Education in Counseling. She began her career as a police officer and transitioned into the education field, which she has loved for the past 20 years. She is happily married to her husband, Dean, and they are the proud parents of two teenagers, who have been in Christian Education since preschool.
While she specializes in processing our student's scholarship applications, Merilyn is eager to help with virtually anything that is needed. Her smile and wit cheers the office every day.