Brent Bailey is a native of North Carolina. Beginning at age 16, Brent started to experiment with drugs and quickly fell into the trap of drug addiction. Although he married in 1996, and held two jobs, Brent’s drug use continued, eventually becoming so costly that he turned to selling drugs to support his addiction and associated lifestyle. Brent’s life of crime caught up with him in 1999 when he was convicted of conspiracy to traffic narcotics and sent to prison. It was during this period of incarceration that Brent realized he wanted something different for his life, and he began the process of turning his potential into productivity. One of the biggest steps toward change Brent took while incarcerated was he began to participate in various programs that were conducted by volunteers. It was through many of these programs that his faith grew and confidence in his abilities were reaffirmed. As a result of these programs Brent truly began to believe that he had a future with a purpose.
Chip Bryan has been in the travel & tourism industry for over 18 years, receiving a B.S. in Recreation Management from Appalachian State, and has developed a career in Human Resources within the industry. He has achieved the Certified Professional certification through the Society for Human Resource Management. He has found his ‘why’ in connecting individuals in our community with the resources needed to help achieve their full potential, whether that be through workforce development, higher education, or employment opportunities.
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.
Justin Wright is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist with 7 years of long term substance use and trauma recovery, working for Sunrise Community. Justin works out of the Buncombe County Courthouse as the program developer and coordinator for the county's Felony Drug Diversion Program, a peer run county diversion program. He cares deeply for others and has hope for everyone.
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.
Tracey started her career as a social worker. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Masters in Social Work at Stony Brook University, NY. For 13 years she worked in a variety of residential and treatment programs for children, adults and families in civilian and military settings. After taking time off to focus on raising her children and volunteering in the community, she decided on a second career in Real Estate. Tracey is currently a Realtor at Beverly Hanks and is happy to be balancing her passion for homes with her skills assisting people on their personal journeys while still contributing to our community.
Veronica has over 12 years of experience in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Veronica is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. A graduate of University of North Carolina Charlotte earning a Bachelors of Science in Accounting as well as earning a Masters of Accounting from Georgia Southern University. Prior to opening Balanced Virtually Veronica was employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Newell Rubbermaid, and Milwaukee Electric Tool in various roles that provided experience in financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, auditing, SOX (Sarbanes Oxley Act) compliance, and month end close. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and event planning.
Meet The Team
Our team members are the heart and soul of the SPARC Foundation
Carrie Menke, LCAS
Family Centered Recovery Clinician
Changing Together Program Director
Family Centered Treatment Clinician
Changing Together Case Manager
Family Outreach Coordinator
Family Centered Treatment Clinician
BIP Program Director
Strong Fathers Facilitator
Certified Peer Support Specialist
Case Manager & Life Skills Facilitator
BIP Facilitator English & Spanish