Board of Directors

Craig Anderson (Vice-Chair)

Craig is currently a Sales Manager for Holsum Bread. He has over 35 years in sales and sales management for Holsum, Kraft Foods and Nestlé USA.


Robert Cooksey

Robert is Head of Schools and Foundation President at Concordia Schools of Omaha (K–12). He holds an

M.A. in K–8 Education, an M.A. in 9–12 School Administration, and a B.S. Elementary Education from Concordia University, Nebraska.  Robert currently serves on the Board of Directors Lutheran Education Association, the Lutheran School Consulting Service, and served on the Board of Regents Concordia-Nebraska from 2011–2019. 

Margaret Fippinger

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


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.


Gene Kuebler

 Gene served as Alumni Director for Concordia Wisconsin and as Vice president of Development for Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He also served as the Senior Vice President of  Gift Planning for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Foundation in the area of Christian Estate planning.  Upon moving to Phoenix Gene joined of Word of Life Church in Surprise and  assumed the responsibility for overseeing the financial and staffing issues of its Lutheran Preschool. .


Arlin Ness

Arlin is President Emeritus for Starr Commonwealth in Michigan.  Education:  a B.S. from Augustana University; an M.S.W. from University of Iowa; advanced study at University of Oslo, Norway; Mawby Visiting Fellow at University of Oxford, England; and an honorary doctorate, Albion College. Arlin has written numerous articles on programming for troubled students and is co-author of "Re-Educating Troubled Youth" and "No Disposable Kids." He served as past president of the International Association of Social Educators, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.


Amy Piette

Amy is a retired registered nurse specializing in neurology. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and a B.S.N. from Carroll/Columbia in Milwaukee, WI. Amy is a member of Shepherd of the Desert LCMS and served for six years on the Board of Directors at Cross of Christ Christian School in Anthem, AZ.


Chris Schoenleb (Ex officio)

Presently 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 a B.A. in History, Kenyon College; M.B.A., University of Tennessee; M.I.M. Thunderbird; M.Ed. National Louis University;  and Colloquy certification from Concordia University, Chicago.

Bob Riegle

Bob joins the NVCA Board of Directors with a highly successful career in automotive retailing. At a young age, Bob purchased and owned a Ford dealership.  With an interest in finance, Bob expanded his portfolio into adjacent commercial real estate in Gainesville, Florida before selling his business and commercial property to Ford Motor Company. Bob then served as a consultant for Ford Motor Company before retiring. Bob earned his higher education from Columbus College of Art and Design majoring in industrial design.


Mark Sorensen

Mark is the Senior Development Director at Hope 4 Kids International. Mark grew up on a farm in Southwest Iowa, prior to serving several roles:  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. Mark 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, he has   three children and five grandchildren—"Loving God, loving my family and loving God's people!"


Curt Wegener (Secretary/Treasurer)

Shortly after earning a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the 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 School. Himself a product of Lutheran Schools, Curt was a strong supporter of Concordia where all three of his children attended and graduated. Retired from Caterpillar, Curt and his wife live in Anthem, AZ. They are members of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church where Curt is finishing a two-year term as Treasurer of the Board of Ministry Directors.

Gary Yiatchos (Chair)

Gary received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle Pacific University and his M.B.A. from the University of Washington.  Gary held senior leadership positions in both marketing and merchandising for marquee retailers Macy’s, Inc., and Saks Department Store Group.  Gary also served as the Client Services Advocate for several national retailers in the area of CRM, customer loyalty, database management, and credit card programs.  Gary previously served as NVCA Board Chairman from 2013-2018.


The NVCA Promise

Steadfast in faith, NVCA is committed to a Christ-centered education that can transform lives and touch communities. Our role is to help define and reinforce a deep sense of God-given value, purpose and meaning in the pursuit of knowledge and growth in Christ for a transforming influence on the world. An NVCA education forms the foundation upon which all academic pursuits are built thereby enabling students to reach their full educational potential.