“ To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” -Buddha

Our Mission

Motivation + Knowledge + Hope = Lasting Life Changes

We are inspired by our clients who have accepted the second chances that life has offered them by making changes to improve their lives. We are passionate about sharing our healthy life formula and strategies with our future clients. If we keep people out of jails, institutions, group homes and keep them in their community as they achieve their goals, then we have prevailed.

We encourage you to browse our site and see what The SPARC Foundation is all about. If you have any questions or comments please do not hesistate to contact us by phone, email, or by using our contact form.

Our Programs

Below are a list of our current and upcoming programs. Click on each program to learn more.

The Equality Power Wheel

Batterers Intervention
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Strong Fathers

Group & Individual Support

Changing Together

Services to reduce violent crime and domestic violence.

Creative Contracting

Creative programing solutions

DSS Liaison

Resource and referral services to Social Workers.

Family Centered Treatment (FCT)

Family Centered Treatment® (FCT) is an evidence-based practice (EBP) that is currently being provided in various states.

Manna Pop-Up Coordinator

Food delivery within the community

Neutral Facilitation

Neutral Third Party Facilitator

Visitation

Parenting skills training and observation.

About Us

SPARC Foundation was created after years of providing Medicaid funded services to children and adults in Western North Carolina. Since 2014, we have collaborated closely with local law enforcement, the Attorney Generals office, Departments of Health and Human Services, schools, mental health and substance abuse providers and local non-profits in order to create a safer community and healthier families. Through evidence-based models and proven strategies, we seek to fill gaps in the community where the underserved often fall through. We are passionate about meeting the needs of the community using innovative ideas to overcome traditional problems.

The leadership of SPARC Foundation is equally passionate about providing a positive working culture that is supportive to staff, void of negativity, focused on solutions. Our six values are the backbone of how we function together. Our team environment ensures support and accountability which promotes quality outcomes and individual professional development. By utilizing consensus decision making, we engage all staff in agency decisions. This culture promotes individual and team achievement, allows for the recruitment of high quality staff and reduces staff turnover. We prefer to promote from within to reward high values staff and build a culture that walks its talk. The community we serve is diverse in race, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, income. And we believe that diversity is the balance in groups that offers varying perspectives to build comprehensive and successful ideas. Therefore, we desire to hire a workforce that is diverse and passionate and ready to roll up their sleeves on behalf of our community.

Want A Career With the sparc foundation?

Check out our job board to see what postions we are currently hiring for!

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Building A Healthy Community

A healthier community equals a more productive commuinity

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Board of Directors

Our board members are dedicated to helping build a healthier community.

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Jackie Latek

Executive Director

Jackie Latek has been providing services to children and families in some form or fashion over her 20-year career in human services. Starting out as a group home counselor for abused/neglected or runaway teens was her first foray into the field and developed her understanding of the challenges faced by children and families. As COO of Families Together, Jackie was responsible for overseeing programmatic and financial aspects of a wide array of mental health services provided to children and adults across nine counties in Western North Carolina. As the SPARC Foundation's Executive Director, Jackie intends to continue to build quality programming for low-income and underserved populations through collaboration and creativity.

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Angela Pittman

Chairman

Angela Pittman has served in multiple executive leadership positions within Health and Human Services organizations, both locally and nationally. Angela brings over 25 years’ experience in innovative programming including child welfare, adult services, mental health, leadership and organizational climate and workforce development. organizational climate and workforce development. Angela holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Carolina University and a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill, with a concentration in organizational leadership and management.

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Marlo Smith

Secretary

My 46 years of clinical practice has spanned services in child protection, foster care and adoptions, vocational rehabilitation and, for the last 20 of these years, as a practitioner, trainer and supervisor of Family Centered Treatment. I am proud to represent the SPARC FOUNDATION—a value based human services agency constantly striving to uphold the highest ethical and clinical practices in the field.

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Jody Stevenson

Treasurer

Jody has been a teacher, curriculum developer, program manager and advisor. His passion is developing engagement opportunities using creative methods that lead to stronger networks and in turn help stimulate opportunities for all those seeking employment in the community. He believes that every person has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.

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Brent Bailey

Board Member

Brent has come full circle. In 2010, he was hired by Goodwill to head up a new Project Re-entry program site in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He then, subsequently relocated to Buncombe County and continued working for Goodwill and Project Re-entry in 2013. In 2015, Brent was hired by Buncombe County to be the Re-entry Coordinator for the local Re-entry Council. Brent also travels around the state speaking to communities sharing his journey of inspiration, encouragement and hope that there is life, and success, after prison.

Meet The Team

Our team members are the heart and soul of the SPARC Foundation

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Tiffany Bell, LPC

BIP Program Director
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Carolyn Bowman

Family Finding Specialist
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Nancy Farmer

Office Manager
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Lucia Daugherty

Civil Rights Specialist
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Cori Search

Adult Daycare Servives
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Current Job Openings
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Kim Marmon-Saxe

MARC Grant Coordinator
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Sam Martin

Visitation Specialist
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Rev. Dana Patrick

Resiliency Specialist
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Missy Reed

Changing Together Program Director
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Lisa Condrey

Visitation Coach
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Paul Schultz

Changing Together Case Manager
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Robert Simmons

Manna Food Pop-Up Coordinator
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Norque Smith

Family Centered Treatment Clinician
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Tim Splain

Changing Together & BIP Manager
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Jeff Whisenant

Family Centered Treatment Clinician

Outcomes

Stay tuned for an update on our awesome outcomes and feedback.

Get in Touch

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Contact Info

SPARC Foundation
276 East Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 785-4100