Board of Directors

Board Policies & By-laws

Craig Anderson

District Sales Manager for Nestle USA. 34+ years sales and sales management for Kraft Pizza Company and Nestles USA. Anthem, Arizona.

Patsy Bock

Retired after 40 years in public, Lutheran, and charter schools in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Arizona.  Taught grades 1-9, primarily 6-8 math and science.  MA in Elementary Ed from Ball State University, BA in Elementary Ed from Western Michigan University, Lutheran Teaching Colloquy from Concordia Mequon, additional coursework in Math and Science at Michigan State University, Indiana/Purdue University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  Resides in Sun City, AZ.

Robert Cooksey

M.A. K-8 and M.A. 9-12 School Administration, B.S. Elementary Education from Concordia University-Nebraska. Board of Directors Lutheran Education Association. Lutheran School Consulting Service. Board of Regents Concordia-Nebraska 2011-2019. Robert is Head of Schools and Foundation President at Concordia Schools of Omaha (K-12).

Margaret Fippinger

M.Ed Leadership, B.S. Education with a minor in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University. Margaret has worked with curriculum, state standards, conducted staff development, and taught grade four through college. Phoenix, Arizona.

Mary Alice Hegreness

Agent, Hegreness Realty, LLC in Anthem, Arizona. 20+ years in the field of education. B.Ed. Oregon State University responsible for reading programs for all grade levels in the Reynolds School District in Troutdale, Oregon. Anthem, Arizona.

Paula Hess

After retiring in 1998 with 30 years of service as the Payroll Supervisor for the Coshocton Stainless Steel Division, Paula and husband, Cam moved from Ohio to Anthem in 2001. Both are charter members of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church where Paula was the church Business Manager. In 2006, she transferred as the Business Manager to Cross of Christ Christian School, which later became North Valley Christian Academy. Paula retired from NVCA in 2016 after 10 years as the Business Manager. Married since 1987, Cam and Paula have four adult children, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Fred Laughlin (Chair)

Fred received his Bachelor of Science from West Point and his MBA and DBA from The George Washington University. He retired from Price Waterhouse in 2001, where he served as a managing partner and a member of the Boards of Directors of both the US and the World Firm. He presently is a consultant specializing in nonprofit governance and leadership.

Arlin Ness

President Emeritus, Starr Commonwealth in Michigan. B.S. (Augustana University); M.S.W. (University of Iowa); advanced study (University of Oslo, Norway); Mawby Visiting Fellow (University of Oxford, England); honorary doctorate (Albion College). Has written numerous of articles on programming for troubled students and is co-author of Re-Educating Troubled Youth and No Disposable Kids. Past President of the International Association of Social Educators, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Cathy Oliva (Vice-Chair)

An entrepreneur at heart, Cathy serves the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in a number of different capacities. As Founder and CEO of Midas Capital Management, Desert Gardens Properties and other she oversees the operations of these companies. In addition, she is currently Executive Director for the Christine Ostwinkle Foundation for Lupus, Executive Director for the Oliva Family Foundation for Education, Executive Advisor for Shannon Hoffpauir Ministries, Executive Advisor for Adventure Academy, and Board Member for the Peoria Education Foundation.

Amy Piette

Retired registered nurse specializing in neurology. Amy holds a B.A. in psychology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and a B.S.N. from Carroll/Columbia in Milwaukee, WI. She presently owns Timeless Moments, LLC and is Financial Administrator for Randall Piette, M.D., P.C. Amy is a member of Shepherd of the Desert LCMS and served 6 years on the Board of Directors at Cross of Christ Christian School in Anthem, AZ.

Chris Schoenleb

Head of School at North Valley Christian Academy. Chris has served in Lutheran education for over 15 years.  He is a former advertising executive and Army veteran who has served on YMCA and church boards.  His education includes:  B.A., History, Kenyon College; M.B.A., University of Tennessee; M.I.M. Thunderbird; M.Ed. National Louis University; Colloquy Concordia University, Chicago.

Mark Sorensen

Senior Development Director at Hope 4 Kids International. Mark grew up on a farm in Southwest Iowa prior to several roles including Executive Director of Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Iowa, Development Director for Community Church of Joy in Phoenix and Development Director in Phoenix for the Southwest Division of The Salvation Army leading several successful Campaigns totaling over 40 million dollars. Previously served as Chairman of the Board of Faith Lutheran School in Las Vegas along with several church boards and committees. Happily married since 1978 to Tonya with 3 kids and 5 grand children. Loving God, loving my family and loving God’s people!

Brad Stewart (Secretary – Treasurer)

Vice President-Treasury and Financial Risk Management at Knight-Swift Transportation and is a licensed CPA in Texas and Arizona. B.B.A. in finance and accounting, B.A. in mathematics from Abilene Christian University in Texas. Phoenix, Arizona

Curt Wegener

Shortly after earning a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management University of Missouri Curt began a 35-year career with Caterpillar Inc., living in various cities in the U.S. and Geneva, Switzerland before retiring in 2009. During his four different assignments living in Peoria, IL Curt was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Elders. Redeemer was one of three LCMS congregations affiliated with Concordia Lutheran Grade school. Himself a product of Lutheran Schools, Curt was a strong supporter of Concordia where all three of his children attended and graduated. After retiring from Caterpillar, Curt and his wife live in Anthem, AZ. They are members of the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Anthem where Curt is finishing a two-year term as Treasurer of the Board of Ministry Directors.