After receiving a donation of a computer for Cristina McMahan’s class from her father, David Bruce McMahan, Dr. Marrin demonstrated that computer technology could make a significant difference in the lives of Cristina and her classmates. Obtaining sufficient access to computer technology and information on how it could best serve students with disabilities was the challenge that originally led Yvette Marrin and David Bruce McMahan to co-found the National Cristina Foundation in 1984. Used computers would be put to work again in support of developing human potential. Prior to this work, 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 administrator. She earned a Ph.D in Organizational and Administrative Studies and Special Education from New York University in 1985. Yvette Marrin is also the president of the McMahan Center-Abilities Activists.