Our Team

Ryan E. Starling, CFP, AIF, President

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Ryan lives his life on purpose. He is the President and C.E.O. of Financial Architect Network, Inc. He has spent his life in the financial world. I guess you could say it runs in his blood. His father, Captain Raymond Starling, after serving our country in the Army and Air Force, worked as an independent financial planner for nearly 40 years in Colorado Springs, CO. He was recognized nationwide as an expert in life insurance and was sought after by many insurance companies to train their staff and salesforce. He knew as a young teenager that this is what he was meant to do. In his nearly 20 years in the industry, Ryan as come to believe that money doesn’t buy you material things; it buys you choices. When you learn and appreciate the value and freedom those choices afford you, you can approach your financial philosophy…and your life…in a whole new way. Ryan has used this approach with hundreds of clients building his practice. What started as a simple desire to provide for his family has developed into a passion and excitement to help people achieve their goals.
Ryan has a degree in Business from Colorado State University, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, and is knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of financial disciplines. He is recognized across the country as an experienced consultant dealing with financial and social issues that retirees face today. Ryan is also a graduate of the American College of Financial Planning with the designation CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP) and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) through Parkland Securities.

Ryan’s family is his priority. When he isn’t meeting with clients, he is with them. His daughter is a competitive gymnast and runner, and his wife is an active part of the FAN team and they enjoy boating, autocross racing, big game hunting, and hiking & bicycling. Ryan feels truly blessed to be in the industry of creating better futures; helping people reach their financial goals and desired lifestyles. Not only that, but he chooses daily to be surrounded by positive, hardworking people who in turn make him work harder, reach higher and be the best person he can be.

Cristina Stevens, AIF, Registered Representative

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Cristina is a Colorado Springs native with strong roots in the community she thrives in. As a loving, caring, and supportive mother of four children, family is always her first priority.

Since starting in the insurance and securities profession in 1995, she has brought a feminine touch to a male dominated field. Cristina prides herself in getting to know her clients and their needs on a personal level. While she initially specialized in small group & individual health insurance, Cristina now uses a comprehensive approach to client care to include life insurance and investment strategies.

When she’s not diligently taking care of her clients, you may find her pursuing one of her other passions on a nearby volleyball court or on the ski slopes.

Jenna L. Starling, Director of Operations

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Is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations of Financial Architect Network, Inc. She began her career in the medical sales industry; a perfect fit for her education as she has a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Exercise Physiology. In 2001 she decided to leave the medical field and join her husband, Ryan in his passion for helping people in the financial industry. She learned the business by working in multiple advisor’s offices and by 2002, she and her husband partnered with the Founder of Financial Architect Network, Don J. Cinocco LUTCF continues her support role in the office today.

Jenna’s most important role is being a mother to her daughter, Rylee and wife to Owner, Ryan Starling. Rylee is a competitive gymnast, so they spend a lot of time at the Gym. She is also an active volunteer in the classroom and other local philanthropies in her area. Jenna also enjoys spending time outside – playing tennis, hiking and biking around her home in Monument, Colorado.

Melanie Cooksey, Office Manager

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Melanie a native of Colorado where she grew up on a ranch in the eastern part of the state along with four brothers. She could often be found on the back of a horse or climbing the haystacks trying to be one of the boys.

She has more than 33 years of experience in client services and business office management. Getting the opportunity to really know each person that she comes in contact with is an extremely rewarding part of that experience.

She is married to a wonderful man, Jay, who grew up in a military family in Colorado Springs. They have two daughters; Amanda, a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and Ashley, who is a graduate of Colorado State University. Visits from their “granddog” (Zoey) always keeps them smiling and leads them on many an adventure.

They can often be found in their large backyard enjoying the sound of the pond, watching the birds at the feeders or tending to the many varieties of flowers, plants and vegetables. She also has a great passion for reading and can get caught up in a book forgetting that the world is still revolving.