Board of Directors 2014
Andrew Davis Board President
Andrew Davis is currently the Head of Middle School at Crystal Springs Uplands School where he previously served as the Director of Admission. Before working at Crystal, Andrew taught middle school social studies at the Town School for Boys and the Hamlin School.
He is also the founder of Kieve West, a non-profit outdoor education program in Colorado. Andrew was drawn to Seeds of Learning by the tight community of SOL supporters.
He holds a BA, MA and MBA from Stanford University.
David Kyle Board Vice President
David Kyle has been a teacher at the Town School for Boys since 2008. His passion for education also extends internationally, having shipped over 120,000 books to developing areas in Haiti and South Africa through his non-profit, Literate Planet. He's also fundraised for outdoor education schools and private schools.
"I'm proud to work with an organization that's not only doing great educational work in the Americas, but also doing it well." David says. "Education is the silver bullet to so many of the world's problems. The work that SOL does is invaluable to the kids and their community. I'm happy and humbled to be a small part of the process."
David holds a BA from Trinity College, CT and a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Mark Lancaster Treasurer
Mark Lancaster is the Chief International Operations Officer for EHR International, Inc. that brings electronic medical records and information management systems to church related hospitals in the developing world. Mark is President of the Heberden Telemedicine Foundation and serves on the board for Seeds of Learning here in Sonoma County. To these posts Rev. Lancaster brings over 25 years of experience managing operations in more than 50 countries. He has been chief executive or senior director for 5 international organizations, spanning 5 continents. Mark has been the CEO for a U.S. based health care foundation and directed programs in scores of countries and the United States in education, health care, sustainability, community development, animal husbandry, peacemaking and gender equity.
Mark is an ordained United Methodist Clergyperson and has served in 3 parishes and been the chaplain at American University in Washington, DC as well as at McDaniel College in Maryland, where he also served as a faculty member and director of the annual fund.
Mark, his wife, Barb, and their daughter, Emma, live on a small farm in Sonoma County where they raise heirloom vegetables, sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits. They are working at creating a fully sustainable farmstead and nourish daily themselves from farm produce.
Jenny Fogarty Co-Secretary
Jenny is an organizational development & strategy consultant and management coach, working with nonprofit clients such as the Prison University Project and Teach For China. Previously she was a nonprofit program director for public housing community revitalization with Enterprise Community Partners, and she also worked on the Admissions and Human Assets teams at Teach For America.
Jenny has been deeply involved in community service and cross-cultural learning experiences throughout her career. On a visit to rural middle schools in China's Yunnan province in 2012, she was struck by the immense challenges and opportunities of improving rural education access and quality across the globe, and she brings this passion to her work on the Seeds of Learning Board.
Jenny holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor's in Urban Studies and History from Northwestern University.
Mike Turgeon Co-Secretary
Mike is a United Methodist pastor serving in the California - Nevada Conference. He has traveled on school building work groups to Nicaragua (1996) and El Salvador (1999) as well as a Teacher and Board trip to Nicaragua (2008).
Mike says, "I love the mission of SOL. Putting people of different cultures and nationalities leads to priceless human understanding."
Mike holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame (1970) and a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary-San Anselmo (2001).
Laurie Dinwiddie - Board Member
Laurie Dinwiddie is a Senior Mortgage Associate with Banc Home Loans in Sonoma, CA. She has been active with Seeds of Learning since 2000 with over 12 trips to Central America through SOL. She was initially drawn to SOL as a workgroup volunteer, but became more involved and joined the Board of Directors after seeing the impact the trips have not just in the communities served in Central America, but also the impact on the High School students from North America.
Mark Etherington - Board Member
Mark Etherington is currently the Chief Building Engineer for Barker Pacific Group at Hamilton Landing in Novato, Ca.
Mark has been a Seeds of Learning Work Group leader for 10 years. "I found my passion for this while trekking the Himalayas and seeing the poverty there. I was lucky enough to be introduced to Seeds of Learning upon my return and have been hooked ever since. To be part of an organization that gives kids a chance at an education and a brighter future is a blessing. I know we have a lot of opportunity in the U.S., and I feel very fortunate to have the chance to make a difference.
I know firsthand what a difference this organization makes, having gone on Seeds of Learning trips with my wife Allyson and our children. For me, being and working in the community, with the community members and work group volunteers is what its all about."
Ivan Lieben Board Member
Ivan currently serves as Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9. He was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA and a Credentialed Secondary Education Life Science Teacher (taught at the American School in Tegucigalp, Honduras).
Ivan says, "I love that SOL is an organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in Latin America through local empowerment and sustainable development, while at the same time providing an amazing opportunity for North Americans to travel to those small rural communities to work side-by-side with community members. Through these invaluable educational experiences, we all learn to be better neighbors and reach our individual potentials for achievement and compassion."
Ivan holds a B.A. in Biology from UC Berkeley; a Teaching Credential from S.F. State University; and a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark, Portland, OR. He has run five marathons to date, and looks to run more!