Our Mission

To improve the competitiveness of Arizona’s technical workforce by:

  • Supporting applied learning in our educational systems through scholarships and donated electronics & technology.

  • Providing refurbished equipment to education and community non-profit organizations.

  • Promoting diversity through technical education and work experience

  • Disposing electronic waste responsibly

  • Advocating responsible recycling.

Our History

Arizona students recycling used technology, otherwise known as Arizona strut or AZ strut, started in 1997 by Intel and Motorola. They wanted to get their used equipment out to Arizona schools and nonprofits they thought could benefit from them. They started partnering with schools and having some of their computer repair programs assist in the refurbishing efforts. In 1998 we officially became a 501c3 with the state of Arizona and we started providing A+ certification training to the teachers and these programs.

in 2000 we became official with the IRS and we also started our computer recycle day on Earth Day and have done one every year since. As of 2017, we have donated over 56,000 computers to schools and nonprofits. We’ve also supported stem programs with computer hardware and we continue to recycle all of the e-waste responsibly.

Our Efforts

Refurbished technology
Reused Technology
Remarketed Technology
Recycled Technology

2022 AZ StRUT  Board of Directors

Martin (Todd) Dorris
Martin (Todd) DorrisPresident
Sr. Environmental Engineer,
Intel Corp.
-Chandler, AZ
Jackie Terry
Jackie TerryVice President
Global Philanthropy Manager,
-Phoenix, AZ
Leann Shaffer
Leann ShafferSecretary
Strategy Consultant
COUNTRY Financial
-Tempe, AZ
Bob Samson
Bob SamsonDirector at Large
Program Chair
Mesa Community College
-Mesa, AZ
Scott Platsky
Scott PlatskyDirector at Large
Training Director
Fennemore Craig
-Phoenix, AZ
John Bruley
John BruleyDirector at Large
IT Director
Delta Dental
-Phoenix, AZ
Jacy Smith
Jacy SmithDirector at Large
Tony Caldwell
Tony CaldwellDirector at Large
Associate Attorney
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
-Phoenix, AZ
Nicole Umayam
Nicole UmayamDirector at Large
Federal Program Director,
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
-Phoenix, AZ
Tom Melhert
Tom MelhertExecutive Director
-Mesa, AZ
Charlotte Rauchfuss CPA Treasurer
H&R Block
-Phoenix, AZ

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Spencer BrownDirector at Large
-Phoenix, AZ

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Jaci Juhay-JonesDirector at Large
Program Specialist
Mesa Public Schools
-Mesa, AZ

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Thank you to the Employers of our Board Members