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.

Janna Haas Treasurer

Bio coming soon!

Karl Schneider Secretary

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.

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Tom Sanny, PhD At Large

Tom Sanny grew up in Colorado Springs and attended public schools in District 11. He is a graduate of Palmer High School and has a BA in English, an MA in Education, and a PhD in Communication. He taught in a middle school for a year before moving to a career in higher education teaching filmmaking at UCCS and Colorado College. He retired from teaching in 2008 but continues to serve as Treasurer of the University Film and Video Association, a national association of film professors, and is a trustee of the University Film and Video Foundation.


Richard VanScotter

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.)

Paula Salazar At Large

Bio coming soon!