Board of Directors 2015
Jenny Fogarty – Board President
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.
Mark Lancaster – Board Vice President
Mark is the Chief Executive and President for the Heberden Telemedicine Foundation as well as the Executive Director for the Building Bridges Coalition, a membership organization for 300 volunteer sending organizations including NGOs, universities and corporations.
Mark has lived in and/or been responsible for work in 50 countries over his career. He has led more than 20 volunteer group projects and has managed 5 different international development agencies. He has served on the boards of Interaction and twice chaired the board of Heifer International.
Mark holds degrees in sociology, social work, education and theology. He taught for nearly a decade at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
David Kyle – Board Secretary
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 an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Laurie Dinwiddie - Board Treasurer
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.
Mike Cosby - Board Member
Mike brings to Seeds of Learning 20 years of youth development experience in multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and socio-economically diverse settings. He has served as Vice President for northern California’s largest inner-city youth organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. Prior to this, Mike worked in youth services on a Native American reservation, developed youth centers for city government, and worked in the juvenile justice system. Currently he manages Marin Community Foundation’s nonprofit centers.
As a disadvantaged kid and a first generation college graduate, Mike understands first-hand the ability of education to change the trajectory of a young person’s life. As such, he jumped at the chance to serve SOL’s mission as a Board member. Says Mike: “To help reshape the futures of children in Latin America through education allows me to pay it forward.”
Mike holds a BA in Psychology and is a graduate of the “Working With Youth in Community Settings” program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He’ll receive his MBA in 2016.
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 it’s all about.”