Governing Board Members

Joey Finkbeiner President

Joey currently serves as Investment Services Manager at First Affirmative Financial Network. Joey has 17+ years’ experience in finance and got his start in the business with T. Rowe Price, here in Colorado Springs.  In addition to his financial background, Joey has nearly 30 years customer service experience.  Joey has earned both a BS in Business and a MBA in International Business from Regis University.  Additionally, he has taken course work in the field of Education, with emphasis on Education Specialist.

He has volunteered with Junior Achievement on an ongoing basis, over the last 15 years, in which he has taught various classes to include Economics, Success Skills and Be Entrepreneurial among others.  In addition to his responsibilities at First Affirmative, Joey has spent over 10 years as a Host Dad to foreign exchange students; most recently from Denmark and Argentina.  4 of his 10 students proudly attended CIVA Charter High School.  When not actively working with students, Joey enjoys motorcycling and is a semi-professional photographer.  Joey's combined skills help him to be a contributing member of the CIVA board and will assist all involved in continuing to help provide the very best opportunities available for the greater good of the CIVA family.


Curtis Cook, PhD Vice President

Professor of Political Science (emeritus), Colorado College; also USAF retired, former head of Political Science Department, USAFA. Board member, Denver Council on Foreign Relations; former board member, Colorado Springs World Affairs Council. B.S., USAFA; M.A., PhD, Johns Hopkins University.

Brian Hutchison At-Large

Brian has served in United States Air Force for the past 22 years. He and his family have lived in Colorado Springs area since 2011. Brian has earned a BA in Criminology with specialization in Human Service & Administration and an Associates in Criminal Justice and Communications Applications Technology. Additional he has a certification in Professional Management. Brian and his wife Bevin have two children; their son attends Life Skills High School and daughter attends Jenkins Middle School. Over the past years Brian also has been active with the Charter High School Booster Club serving as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Through various organizational positions he has held for the past 21 years, Brian has a vast amount of experience in the areas of leadership; operational, program, human resources management; policy development; financial planning; community relations; operational and personnel risk management and customer service.

Comfort Rogers At-Large

Comfort Rogers was introduced to the world of music and art by her amazing parents and began taking lessons at the age of 3 in her mother’s studio. Because of her love of the arts, she went on to become an accomplished musician and artist in the areas of piano, flute, voice, painting, theatre, and design.
With over 25 years of teaching experience in the private music school setting, Comfort has received great joy teaching children and teens by helping them to build self-confidence through the arts. "Pipsqueak Academy of New Dramatic Arts", a local non-profit organization, is the result of her longtime dream to combine the teaching of theatre, dance, music and art in one studio setting.  She encourages children to use their creativity and imaginations in new ways, along with embracing the beauty of their imperfections to reach their goals. She aims to make every student that enters her programs to feel welcomed, loved, challenged, and motivated. Comfort has also developed a program designed to help the physically and mentally challenged child achieve growth, confidence, joy, and stability through the arts.  Outside of "PANDA", Comfort loves spending time with her husband and three precious kiddos, Charlize, Caleb, & Dillan.  She is very excited to be a part of the CIVA community & vision, and to serve in this new position.

Karl Schneider At-Large

Karl Schneider is a father of four lovely kids, Chambliss, McElvey, Liam and Sammy.  He is a fan of education, very good education, especially for kids.  They are our future and should be set up to be good citizens of our world as well as life-long learners. 

Karl graduated Hampden-Sydney College with a BS in biology where he also participated in sports and choir.  He earned his teaching licensure in Secondary Education biology from Longwood University.  What followed was a 22 year career in the Army, traveling the world where he learned to speak both Turkish and French.  He has also earned a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and was selected as a fellow to MIT’s Seminar XXI.  Karl served on the Board of Advisors at YMCA’s Camp Shady Brook as a treasurer and Vice Chairman for several years where he was able to give back to the community in different capacities.  

Dr. Richard Van Scotter Director Emeritus

Richard Van Scotter was a founder of CIVA and liaison with The Hyde School in Bath, Maine. His ideas are embedded in the foundation and mission of CIVA, and he served as board president for over a decade. Richard had been a high school teacher, college professor and lecturer on educational history and culture. He also is the author of several related books including Public Schooling in America and Social Foundations of Education. His latest is a novel titled: Thin Ice: Race, Sports, and Awakening in the 1950s. He is a former board member of Citizens Project in Colorado Springs and holds degrees from Beloit College (B.A), University of Wisconsin—Madison (M.A.), and the University of Colorado—Boulder (Ph.D.)