Jeff (Board President) & Gretchen Moyer
Jeff and Gretchen are both Board members sharing a long history with the Seed Farm. Gretchen’s maiden name was Seem and she and grew up on the land now occupied as the Seed Farm. Jeff has 36 years of organic farming experience as the farm director for the Rodale Institute and past chairman ofthe National Organic Standards Board. Together they manage Skyhollow Farm in Berks County.
Tianna DuPont (Board Secretary)
Tianna is an Educator in Sustainable Agriculture for Penn State Cooperative Extension in Northampton and Lehigh Counties working with organics, soil health, cover crops, reduced tillage, grazing and new farmers. She has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Whitman College of Washington and an M.S. in Integrated Pest Management from the University of California at Davis.
Jeff Zehr (Board Treasurer)
is the Director of Lehigh County’s Farmland Preservation Program. Under Jeff’s leadership, the County has preserved 20,000 acres of farmland with perpetual agricultural conservation easements.
Jeff hasserved as President of the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association and he is currently the Chairman of the Pike Township Environmental Advisory Council. Jeff lives on a small family farm in the Oley Hills in Pike Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Lynn is the Director of the Greater Lehigh Valley chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL-GLV), a program of the Nurture Nature Center. BFBL-GLV helps consumers find, choose, and appreciate locally-grown foods while supporting the farmers and lands that produce them. BFBL-GLV is currently a subrecipient under a HUD regional planning grant to develop a Fresh Food Access Plan for the Lehigh Valley. Lynn also serves on the Advisory Board of the Easton Farmers’ Market. She holds a B.Sc (Biology & Chemistry) from Waterloo University and a M.Sc. (Human Genetics) and L.L.B. from McGill University.
Marilyn holds advanced degrees in English literature and education, so naturally she became a professional chef. Her commitment to locally grown and humanely raised foods matured during the time she spent as CEO of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia and with Summerhouse Grill, a seasonal restaurant in Montrose, PA (Susquehanna County) showcasing local products. She joined PASA as the eastern regional director in November 2007. Her position at PASA combines all aspects of her food passions: supporting farmers, assisting chefs, and helping link consumers to sources for local, wholesome and humanely raised foods. Marilyn is currently developing a web-based program to help beginning farmers connect with land for lease.
Deana is a certified public accountant. She is currently an executive consultant for compass point consulting. She has recently completed a term as Chief Turnarround officer for the Allentown School District. She holds a B.S from Long Island University.
David M. Lobach, Jr.
Dave was born and raised in Nazareth and has resided in the Lehigh Valley his entire life. He holds degrees from Churchmans College, and the University of Delaware’s, Stonier Graduate School of Banking. With over forty years of experience he is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley.
Mr. Lobach volunteers extensively to support the community he so strongly believes in. He has served the Lehigh Valley as a volunteer on the following boards and organizations: Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, Moravian College and Seminary, Junior Achievement (past Chairman), Boys and Girls Club, United Way, Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, State Theater, Pennsylvania Bankers Education Committee, Girl Scouts, Wellness Community (founding director) and is the present Chairman of St. Luke’s Hospital Network.
Mr. Lobach is married to Emilie and has a son, Bryan, who is also a banker. The Lobachs reside at Walnut Creek Farm, Zionsville, PA.
Tom has been the Director of Special Projects at Wildlands Conservancy since 1998. He retired from active duty at the end of 2011, but he is still working on selected projects with Wildlands, centered around the creation of trails and photography.
Tom was a photographer and the Director of Photography at Rodale Inc. publisher of numerous national magazines; including The New Farm, Organic Gardening, Men’s Health, Prevention, Runner’s World, and Bicycling for 27 years. Tom retired from Rodale in 1998 in order to dedicate all of his creative efforts to Wildlands Conservancy. Tom has been responsible for launching Wildlands’ Bike and Boat program and establishing the “Walk for Wellness”, “Hike for Health” the “Hike the Highlands” trail map ventures. Currently he is working with the Lehigh Valley Health Network to set up the “Get Out Lehigh Valley” fitness program.
Tom resides in Center Valley with his wife Linda. They have three children.
Division Chief for Economic Development, PA Department of Agriculture
Jared is the Division Chief for economic development at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. He currently oversees the PAgrows and Risk Management programs and is responsible for the organic cost sharing program as well as the PATH to organic program. The PAgrows program provides the agriculture community with technical expertise on farm loans and grants along with business planning and transition assistance.
Jared has been with the Department for nearly 9 years and was part of the team that developed the Department’s economic development division. He represents the Secretary on the PA Industrial Development Authority board and the PA Economic Development Finance Authority board and is a member of the Governor’s Renewable Agriculture Energy Council. He represents the Department in emergency management as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer and as a member of the State’s Type 3 Incident Management Team.
He attended Penn State University, is married with two children and lives in Lebanon County.
Jeff Tkach is Publisher of Organic Gardening at Rodale Inc. Appointed in February 2012, Tkach leads print and digital advertising sales and marketing efforts across the Organic Gardening brand, the leading magazine resource for an organic approach to home, food and garden.
Lou Cinquino currently serves as president, Penn StateExtension Board for Lehigh County and is a registered Penn State Forest Steward. He is a past member of the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council and was a founding member of a regional community gardening group, Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley (SUN*LV). He served as president of the Leadership Lehigh Valley Class of 2009 Group project, which gave rise to SUN*LV by focusing on community gardening projects in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Lou worked 15 years at Rodale Inc. and Organic Gardening magazine in an assortment of marketing and management positions and is currently a freelance writer on the topics of health and fitness.