Members of the Board of Trustees
Ben Loomis, Secretary, Co-coordinator
Ben is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering technology and holds a certificate as a project management professional from Project Management International. Ben has served as a Research and Development Engineer for B. Braun Medical, Inc. since 1998 and is a Seven Generations Charter School Founding Member. He lives in Topton with his wife, Claire and two daughters, Lily and Jade, one of whom is a graduate from and one of whom is a current student at Seven Generations.
Ben has served as a Trustee since June 23, 2015.
Maria Schaller, Co-coordinator
Maria attended college at Bucknell University where she earned a BS in Chemical Engineering. Her early career included working as an engineer and an international demand analyst at Merck & Co., Inc before leaving the corporate world to start her own personal chef company as the co-owner of Cozy Cuisines, LLC. As a personal chef, Maria taught adult cooking classes at Northampton Community College, children’s cooking classes at LCCC, as well as for private clients in their homes.
After starting a family with her husband, Joe, Maria left the personal chef business and eventually started her second company, Life From Scratch, LLC where she looks for opportunities to share her passion for wholesome, local, organic food.
Maria lives in Coopersburg, PA with her husband and their three boys – Ben, Jake, and Matt – all three of whom have attended Seven Generations Charter School since kindergarten. The whole family enjoys being active and spending time outdoors together whenever possible.
Maria believes strongly in the mission and values of SGCS and has spent many hours volunteering in the classrooms, in the school library and on field trips with Seven Gen students. She hopes that serving on the board will be another opportunity to serve this community and remain invested in its future.
Maria has served as a Trustee since April 16, 2019.
If you would like to contact the Board of Trustees please email them at BOT@ sevengen.org.
Stephen Peters, Ph.D., Treasurer
Steve has worked as a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh University since 2003. He earned degrees from Bates College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Michigan. His research and teaching focus on the biogeochemistry, hydrology and geology of Earth. Steve is committed to supporting the environmentally connected learning woven throughout the Seven Generations Charter School curriculum.
He earned a certificate from the Tuck School of Business and has experience managing facilities. On the board, he helps with finances, facilities planning, and supporting the curriculum.
Steve lives with his family in Zionsville, and they enjoy camping, gardening, and sailing.
Steve has served as a Trustee since June 23, 2015.
Jackie Ney is a resident of Lower Macungie Township and shares a deep passion for connecting children with nature-based learning. For over two decades, Jackie has managed and executed large-scale national and international event, photography, and video productions for consumer brands. Her production work has centered on the health, wellness, and sustainable living industries for brands such as Yoga Journal, Mindful, Starbucks and Subaru. Jackie has a love for managing people, logistics, creative direction, budget management, and creating efficiencies for her clients and partners.
Jackie’s highest purpose in life is to cultivate a more compassionate, peaceful, and verdant world, which is what compelled her to serve Seven Generations Charter School. As a child with learning disabilities, Jackie has a deep passion for helping children to thrive through alternative learning environments.
Jackie has served as a Trustee since June 16, 2020.
Gwyneth (Gwyn) Jones
Gwyn is a graduate of Salisbury High School in Allentown. Her children are students of 7G, Silas Gorsky will complete fifth grade in 2020, and Eliza Gorsky in 2023. Gwyn lived in California and Washington State for years. She is a graduate of University of California Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She earned her Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition and Registered Dietitian credential while studying at University of Washington, Seattle. She began her career with Public Health Seattle & King County in maternal and infant health. In 2013, she moved back to the Lehigh Valley to be closer to family. She currently works for a food service management company to provide breakfast and lunch to students in K-12 schools.
Gwyn has served as a Trustee since April 21, 2020.
Filled with a passion for learning and teaching, Leah has worked professionally in Education for more than 18 years in a variety of settings from preschools and after-school tutoring centers to elementary schools and at the college level. Upon receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Children and Family Studies and a Master’s in Elementary Education from New York University, Leah has taught in the New York City Public Schools, Denver (Colorado) Public Schools, Seven Gen, and most presently, at Muhlenberg College. Her goal is to guide and encourage shared experiences and explorations where children (and really anyone) can flourish and grow authentically. Leah’s involvement in the schools ranges from ECE through 6th grade and on to College level courses based on teaching and inspiring children.
Aside from working with children, Leah has co-owned and operated a local Yoga Studio, West End Yoga Center, for more than twelve years in hopes of spreading and sharing Yoga and tools of self-acceptance and love throughout the valley. She is presently in the midst of her Doctoral work in Educational Studies and reading and exploring more about education than ever before. Above anything else, Leah enjoys being surrounded by the love and support of her husband and three children while on bikes, hikes, in the water or exploring the world.
Leah has served as a Trustee since August 17, 2021.