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.
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.
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A healthier community equals a more productive commuinity
Our board members are dedicated to helping build a healthier community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our team members are the heart and soul of the SPARC Foundation
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