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 Geist is a co-founder of One Spark Academy. He makes software for small businesses, organizations, and individuals through his company, Proof+Geist, and is well known in the FileMaker/Claris international 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 to helping his wife, Lori Peters, build One Spark Academy, and uses his considerable business and technological expertise to keep One Spark’s back office needs running smoothly. Todd is a huge supporter of the dedicated team of people at OSA, and of their collective mission to make One Spark Academy an awesome place for kids to learn.
Patricia Scoma, OSF Board Vice President
Pattie Scoma is the Orange County Regional 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 Academy, she is a Trustee for Olive Crest in Orange County, which serves abused and neglected children. Pattie 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 from One Spark Academy. When she is not working, volunteering her time, or assisting with fundraising, 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, Asia and Scandinavia, and seen countless countries in between. But one of her favorite places on Earth is Yosemite National Park, and she can’t wait to chaperone OSA kids on their annual trip to Yosemite with NatureBridge.
Steve Rodgers, OSF Board Treasurer
Jenni Buchanan, OSF Board Secretary
Jenni Buchanan 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 the 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. Her daughter Gwenna attended OSA for three years, found her “spark” in writing, and now is a journalist for the Panther Prowler at NPHS. When Jenni joined the OSA Board of Directors in 2015, she had already been involved in educational pursuits for years, including Reading Rainbow with Levar Burton. In 2022, Jenni joined the OSA Team as a teacher’s assistant and campus supervisor, while pursuing her love of writing as a freelance Marketing Copywriter and Social Media Writer/Manager. She 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. A firm believer in the value of education as a joyful process that continues into adulthood, the greatest goal for her and husband Rob has been to feed the spark of curiosity and creativity in their 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
Jennifer Kerr, OSF Board Member
Jennifer Kerr 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 mother of three grown children, including Emerson Kerr who attended One Spark Academy 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. Jennifer attends OSF Board meetings remotely, since she now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is a Director of Human Resources at Humana Pharmacy. Jennifer has served on the OSA Board of Directors since 2012, and brings a keen understanding of the One Spark mission and vision, having been involved with One Spark since its inception.