The CIVA Board of Directors

The purpose of the Governing Board is to support CIVA as a charter public school dedicated to developing students' character first by:

  • Preparing administrators, teachers, parents, mentors, and students to develop character within the school curriculum and larger learning environment;
  • Providing and maintaining a school facility and infrastructure in which to carry out the school's mission;
  • Managing research to assess the effectiveness of the school's educational progress.

Download the CIVA By Laws PDF by clicking here.

Download the CIVA Articles of Incorporation by clicking here.

Board Meeting Schedule

November 16, 2022 - this will be a virtual meeting.  Public comments are welcome between 5:35-5:45.Click here for the agenda. The public is welcome to watch the entire meeting, but comments will be limited to those times.  To join the Zoom meeting, please click on the following link:

Meeting ID: 891 0729 8704
Passcode: 868479

Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted.  All board meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. at CIVA.  Please check the events calendar for any changes.

You can download past meeting minutes in PDF format from the Board Meeting Minutes Archive page.


Governing Board Members

Dawn Eiber-Thurmond President

Dawn Eiber-Thurmond is a native of Colorado Springs and attended Colorado Springs School District 11 from kindergarten through her senior year, graduating from Mitchell High School. She has a BA in Psychology, a Master’s in Social Work, as well as a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) that were gained in the years following her Masters. She retired from School District 11 as a Behavior Consultant in 2016 and began a career in Real Estate the following year. Dawn was a Vocal Performance major in college and continues to support the arts in Colorado Springs through membership in the Pikes Peak Opera League. Her love of music, performance and students makes CIVA the perfect connection to her previous career in the school system and her love of the arts.

Tom Sanny, PhD Vice President

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.


Viola Lee Treasurer

Bio coming soon!


Paula Salazar At Large

Bio coming soon!

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.)

Keith Benson Teacher Rep

Anne MacFarlane Board Member

Bio coming soon!