Board of Directors
Jeff and his wife, Gretchen, share a long history with the Seed Farm. Gretchen (nee Seem) grew up on the land now occupied by The Seed Farm, which was known as the Seem Seed Farm. Jeff has 40 years of organic farming experience as the Farm Director for the Rodale Institute. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, current board member of the Organic Farming Research Foundation, and a founding board member of PA Certified Organic (PCO). Together they manage Skyhollow Farm in Lenhartsville, Berks County.
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 he 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 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 has served 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.
Lou Cinquino currently serves as president, Penn State Extension 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.
Jeff and his wife, Kristin Illick, run Liberty Gardens in Coopersburg, where they grow a variety of vegetables and herbs for restaurants. They started farming in 1999 to pursue a lifestyle more closely connected to nature. Following an apprenticeship with their then 3-year-old daughter in upstate New York, Jeff & Kristin moved closer to Kristin’s family in Bethlehem, had another child and began farming family land in Coopersburg.
Gayle and her husband, Steve, launched Eagle Point Farm in Kutztown in 1983. They added a retail business, Eagle Point Farm Market, in 1987. Since that time their business has grown to include four greenhouses, a business Christmas season marked by wreath making and gift baskets, and a CSA with St. Luke's hospital. Gayle and Steve have two children and live in Kutztown.
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.
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.
Diane Motel is the Director of Education Programs at Wildlands Conservancy and is responsible for the administration and management of strategic conservation education initiatives, including Bike & Boat Adventures, Lehigh River Sojourn, and community and school programs; grant writing and administration, program promotion, management of full-time and seasonal staff, and curriculum management.
With over 20 years in the environmental education field, Wildlands Conservancy finally feels like “home,” embracing the family atmosphere that the organization offers. Diane has a 9 year old daughter who attends Seven Generations, an environmental based charter school in Emmaus. They reside in East Penn Township and thoroughly enjoy all of the outdoor recreation opportunities that the Jim Thorpe area has to offer.
Diane also has experience owning a small vegetable farm and bakery, and working with rare breeds of livestock. Familiarity with The Seed Farm was initiated with both the annual bike ride and Farm to Table events, both personal passions.
Brian Moyer is a program assistant with Penn State Extension at the Lehigh County office, where he assists farmers with marketing and regulations. Brian is a past board member of PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) and a past board member of APPPA (American Pastured Poultry Producers Association) and currently is a board member of Fair Food. He was the Director for Rural Vermont, a farm advocacy organization. Brian was the founder and manager of the Skippack Farmers Market from 1999 to 2009.
Brian and his wife Holley own and run Green Haven Farm and raise grass-fed livestock on their 27 acre farm just outside of Fleetwood in Berks County. For 16 years they've sold chicken, eggs, lamb, pork, and goat to restaurants, CSA's, farmer's markets, and at their farm.
Julie Thomases is the former Executive Director of The First Tee and The First Serve youth development programs serving primarily underserved youth in Allentown and Bethlehem. She has background of executive positions in the private and not profit sectors for more than twenty years. She was the Program Director for Community Action Development Corporation in Allentown for over four years and as such, worked towards helping low income communities grow their own economic future. This process included conducting market research that identified the needs and assets of the community and provided assistance through the organization’s business expertise. In response to food security issues in the downtown, she developed a successful Center City Grower’s Market in downtown Allentown. Before her work in the non-profit sector, she worked in the private sector as a Merchandise Manager in NYC for manufacturing corporations.
Her community involvement includes: founder of the Sustainable Business Network LV; founder of the Allentown Environmental Advisory Council (EAC); three time chairperson for the EAC Sustain-a-Ball; board member of Renew Lehigh Valley. She was part of the committee that helped bring El Sistema, a renowned youth development program, to Allentown and is a former board member of Seven Generations Charter School. She is currently studying to become a Master Watershed Steward. Julie lives in Allentown in the 1920’s house where she was born.