Larry Christiansen is the Chief Executive Officer of Christiansen Associates Inc., launching the company in 2010. From 2007 to 2009 he served as a Sr. Consultant and then CEO of Outsource International, a management consulting firm in Scottsdale Arizona.
In 2007 Larry retired after 40 years in education with the final 19 years as President of Mesa Community College. He built a number of innovative business and educational partnerships at the local, state, national and international level. Larry has been involved in a number of key community projects including public bond elections, a leader in the reuse of the closed Williams Air force Base, and the development of technology and business and industry centers and a new college campus.
Larry served as President of the East Valley Partnership, a large business and industry group in the greater Phoenix area. He chaired the United Way annual fund drive, served on numerous boards and foundations, and a Rotarian. He joined the EVIT Board of Directors in 2010 and has chaired the board for the past 5 years.
Larry has published several books and written numerous articles. He has received a number of local, state, national and international awards and recognitions. Larry has Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees.
Larry serves as head coach for three youth flag football teams and coordinates two golf groups.
Curt Krizan, CPA, is the Chief Financial and Ticket Revenue Officer of the Fiesta Bowl in Scottsdale. He joined the Fiesta Bowl team in 2011 as its CFO and has since added ticket sales to his responsibilities. Krizan began his career as an auditor with KPMG in Minneapolis and has worked at several entrepreneurial and non-profits during his career.
Krizan was recognized as the CFO Turnaround Achievement award winner by Phoenix Business Journal in 2016. His family mentors a little brother and sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Krizan also serves on the boards of the East Valley Institute of Technology Foundation (EVITF) and Visit Phoenix. He and his family reside in Gilbert, AZ.
Roc is engaged in consulting, focusing on opportunities including transportation, education, and economic development. For almost 14 years, Roc was President of PHX East Valley Partnership, leading the non-profit business coalition advocating for issues of regional significance in the PHX East Valley. Prior to accepting the PHX-EVP assignment, Roc enjoyed 38 years’ experience brokering risk and insurance services to clients ranging of complexity including self-insured as well as more traditional fully insured programs. Roc serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee and ASU’s Research Park Board. He previously served 20 years on the MAG Regional Council, also as a member of the AZ Sport and Tourism Authority Board and President of the Grand Canyon Council - BSA.
Denny Brown joined the board just over 4 years ago and currently serves as Chair on our Scholarship Committee. He plays an integral role in selection of students who receive the Evit Foundation Sponsorship as well as direct fundraising.
A Scottsdale Native, with more than 30 years in community service he is experienced in sales, event management, human connection and a master of relationship building. Denny is fully dedicated to working for and with Valley non-profits inspiring our community at every level to volunteer and donate.
An established business litigation attorney, Tricia Schafer joined the EVIT Foundation board in 2021. After working at large and small firms, the public sector, and a handful of nonprofits, Tricia founded Vitality Law PLLC in 2017. The firm’s name governs its engagements – harmonizing professional excellence with positivity, quality of life, and community service.
Tricia also serves on the City of Scottsdale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board, the Maricopa County Bar Association Section of Litigation Board, the Scottsdale Bar Association Board, and the Arizona Women Lawyers Association Maricopa Chapter Steering Committee. Vitality Law is an active member of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.
Raised in a small town on the Oregon coast, Tricia moved to Arizona in 1998 after earning her law degree from Georgetown and a BA in Economics from U.C. Berkeley.
Recently recognized by Arizona Business Magazine as one of Arizona's Most Influential Women in Business 2020, Franki Buckman joined the EVIT Education Board in September of 2020 bringing with her 25 plus years of experience in strategic marketing, fundraising, media & live event planning and execution. An Arizona native and former CEO of the Bondurant High Performance Driving School, Franki also and served as the Executive Vice President of Firebird International Raceway for over 15 years managing a 400+ acre property that was open 360 days per year working with partners likeFord Motor Company, General Motors, Lucas Oil, Harley Davidson and Live Nation.