Our Board Of Directors
Christopher P Wood
Christopher P. Wood is an Army Veteran and business professional in San Diego County. He manages property for San Diego Self Storage, voted number one by UT Readers Best Of. Supporting local charities is one of their attributes, which allowed Wood to reach out to The American History Theater to offer a corporate donation. Wood now serves on the AHT board of directors. He also serves proudly on the board for the San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Jennifer Wood with four children and one grandchild.
David grew up near Pittsburgh in a small town on the Ohio river, a member of the baby boomer generation. With a Bachelor’s in Physics and Mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), as well as a chess clock engraved “U.S. Team 1973 Class C Champions”, the product of long hours on the IUP chess team, David headed for the University of Maryland outside of Washington DC where he acquired a Master’s in Physics. David works with the MITRE corporation in McLean, Virginia, for 33 years until retirement. David now lives in retirement with his wife in Spring Valley in San Diego County were he still misses the seasons of the east coast.
Jennifer Wood is an experienced department Director and Account Services Manager. Jennifer has also developed skills in Radio, Management, Marketing, Broadcast, and much more. She enjoys spending her free time helping with beach cleanups and donating money to ocean charities. Jennifer’s son, whom she lost, was very passionate about ocean conservation. To keep his memory alive, his passion became hers, and she now dedicates her time to 4Ocean and The Surf Rider Foundation. Her family loves to help organize and attend events for the beach community. Her husband, Chris Wood, and four children (Nick, Garrett, Chloe, and Samantha) also enjoy beach advocacy.
Lily served on active duty as a surface warfare and public affairs officer for seven years and is now a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. Throughout her life, she had been heavily involved in music and theater programs. She and her husband, both 2011 graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, moved to the San Diego area in 2019 with their two children.
Sue has served on the board since 2014. She is grateful to be part of such an energetic, enthusiastic and talented team. She Is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a masters degree from Rutgers University. Special areas of interest as a board member include theater and creative expression to raise awareness of and as a treatment for recovery from Post Traumatic Stress in our Veterans and in the community at large. She is very proud of AHT's accomplishments and looks forward to continuing to serve on the board.
Demarise is unusual in that she completed almost all her international business travel before she entered High School. She was born in the Territory (soon to be Commonwealth) of Puerto Rico to an Irish mother and Scottish father. Her father lived in and traveled throughout Central and South America in his work to serve the rising middle class of Latin America. She graduated in the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco then acquired her bachelor’s in Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg. Demarise continued her career as a Laboratory Technician, married and then settled in a small cape cod in the Virginia suburbs of DC where they lived for the next 20 years. She is now retired to San Diego with her husband, David.
Melissa graduated from Salem College, West Virginia. She has over thirty years of diversified accounting experience, including starting at a young age helping her parents in their family owned business while a teenager. She has worked in both the private and public sector and received her CPA designation in 1998. Having lived in North County with her family and pets for over twenty years, she enjoys music, animals, reading and theatre. She is active in her community and volunteers with several non profit organizations.
Spshelle Faith Rutledge
Spshelle has served in the U.S. Marine Corps earning distinguished medals such
as the global war on terrorism where she received special recognition from President
Barack Obama during his presidency. She retired honorably in 2014 in San Diego,
California where she chose to pursue the field of health earning a Bachelor of Science
in Healthcare Administration degree and her Master’s in Public Health specializing in
Mental Health. Spshelle has also served fellow veterans under the Department of
Veterans Affairs as a Medical Support Assistant. Locally, Spshelle has served as
the Health Task Force Co-Chair for the San Diego Refugee Forum and now serves as
the African American/Black outreach coordinator for Breaking Down Barriers.