The One Spark Foundation Board of Directors meets quarterly. The goals for our Board of Directors are as follows:

  • Provide fiduciary oversight for One Spark Foundation, a non-profit corporation
  • Discuss, create, approve and support legal documents as required by the state and IRS
  • Brainstorm ideas regarding fundraising, long term goals and sustainability
  • Support the philosophy and vision, as written by Founder and Executive Director Lori S. Peters
  • Support and engage in public relations efforts within the community

The Board of Directors is not involved in the day to day operations of One Spark Academy.

Todd Geist, OSF Board President and Co-Founder of One Spark Academy

Todd makes software for small businesses, organizations, and individuals through his company, Proof+Geist, and is well known in the FileMaker community. With clients all over the world, he cares deeply about the success of small businesses that incorporate innovation, creativity, social responsibility, and good will to others. He has dedicated countless hours (and much of his business profits) to helping his wife, Lori, build One Spark Academy, and was once very involved with its back office management. He is a huge supporter of Lori’s dreams, the dedicated team of people who work with her, and their collective mission to make One Spark Academy an awesome place for kids to learn.

Patricia Scoma, OSF Board Vice President

Pattie is the Orange County Sales Director for United Healthcare. She’s also a dedicated supporter of One Spark Academy since its inception, and has served as Board Vice President since 2019. In addition to One Spark, she is a Trustee for Olive Crest in Orange County, which serves abused and neglected children. Pattie met Lori Peters at Thousand Oaks High School, and they’ve been friends ever since. She is inspired by what she sees One Spark students accomplish and is more optimistic about the future since it will include the leadership of kids like ours. When she is not working, volunteering, or staying active with friends, Pattie loves traveling the world. She’s been up close with Silverback gorillas in Rwanda, seen Uluru in the Outback of Australia, explored the Amazon, visited Scandinavia with Lori (twice), and seen countless countries in between. But one of her favorite places on Earth is Yosemite National Park, and can’t wait to visit with OSA kids in Spring 2022 as a chaperone on the annual trip.

Steve Rodgers, OSF Board Treasurer
Steve is currently a Field Service Engineer of robotics in the Biotechnology field working for Agilent Technologies. He’s held different Engineering and managerial positions over his career and has interviewed hundreds of recent college graduates to fill entry-level positions. It was through this activity that he witnessed the great need for a different kind of education, one that developed a more thinking, questioning, synthesizing brain in its students.  He didn’t know it at the time, but Whole Child Education is what he sought and he knew middle school is the best time in a child’s education to get their brains moving in that direction. But the biggest inspiration to get involved in education was his loving wife of 39 years, Cyndy, who was a driving force in the homeschool community, until her tragic passing in March, 2021. When his children Dylan and Emily attended OSA, Steve played an active role in their education, including attending three annual trips as a chaperone. Steve joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and hopes that he can give back a little of what his children received.  His greatest hope now is to help build this organization to allow more and more kids to benefit from its philosophy and daily practice, as well as carry on Cyndy’s devotion to alternative education.
Jenni Buchanan, OSF Board Secretary 

Jenni has always believed that the greatest gift we can give our children (and our society) is a love of learning and a feeling of investment in their own education. In order for this to happen we must respect and educate whole child: body, mind, and spirit. When she read the first sentence of the One Spark Academy philosophy, she knew her family had found a home. Daughter Gwenna attended OSA for three years (and now writes for the Panther Prowler at NPHS); Jenni joined the OSA Board of Directors in 2015. She is a freelance Marketing Copywriter and Social Media Writer/Manager, and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Pacific Reentry Career Services, helping previously incarcerated women get jobs. Other charities she supports include PBS of Southern California, the Nature Conservancy, and the National Organization for Women. As firm believers in the value of education as a joyful process that continues into adulthood, the greatest goal for her and husband Rob, as parents, has been to feed the spark of curiosity and creativity in our children, inspiring them to be lifelong learners. When not reading, writing, or thinking big, Jenni loves to hike and backpack.

Carol Conforti Schenkler, OSF Board Member 
Carol is recently retired from her position as Vice President for the West Coast of Capstone Hill Search, an international recruitment firm with offices in the UK, New York and Los Angeles. She grew up in Thousand Oaks, where she met Lori Peters in second grade. They’ve been friends ever since. She has been a constant supporter of One Spark and made it official by joining the Board in 2019. Other nonprofits Carol supports and has been affiliated with are Mattel Children’s Hospital, where she was cochair for the Party on the Pier annual event, and WeSPARK, which provides cancer support services. Carol currently lives in Sherman Oaks with her husband Phillip, and loves to spend time staying active and being with friends.
Jennifer Kerr, OSF Board Member 

Jennifer was raised abroad, in England, Lebanon, and India, as well as the US, and learned that you make your home where you are. In Thousand Oaks, as in Sheffield, England or Taylor, Texas, Jennifer used her 20 years of experience, skill, and determination as an HR professional to advocate and make change in her community. As the a wife and mother of three grown children, including Emerson Kerr who attended One Spark for three years, it is perhaps inevitable that she found herself on the One Spark Board of Directors, among those who are as dedicated to education as they are to the larger community. When needed, Jennifer attends OSF Board meetings remotely, while living in Louisville, Kentucky and where she is a Director for Human Resources Humana Pharmacy Solution at Humana.  Jennifer has served on the OSA Board of Directors since 2012.