The SPARC Leadership Team
Teri Herrmann, MA
I have been working in the NC Mental Health system since 2003 when I started with The Institute for Family Centered Services. I have experience being a direct practitioner of the Evidenced Based Practice Family Centered Treatment®. I also have over 8 years supervising and overseeing the service delivery of FCT. I am an experienced leader in Behavioral Health Programing including clinical oversight, quality management, fiscal oversight, and managing day to day operations. I also have experience with National Accreditation processes and participating in integrated care workgroups across the state. I am passionate about keeping children at home with their families and out of residential placements. I believe in the power of team and The SPARC Network culture is an environment in which the power of team is valued..
My passion for helping people has come by way of performing administrative and financial tasks for an amazing agency that supports the amazing staff working with adults, children, and families to keep these kids and adults out of institutional care, and providing skills to parents and family members so that they can stay together. I’m passionate about the mission and vision of The SPARC Network, and strive to support it with all the skills that I possess. I have over 15 years’ experience in the medical and mental health arena with both billing and administrative tasks. I enjoy these tasks, as well as all the financial aspects of building and growing innovative programs, and supporting the communities that we serve.
Matt Hill, L2 FCT Trainer
Director of Training
I have been in the field for over 15 years and have done everything from developmental preschool teacher to cooperate development for new start states but the family preservation piece has been my bread and butter and most rewarding. When I was younger I found my family in the middle of a full blown crisis and realized that I helped with it and cooled down the situation pretty well. I also did several mission trips with homeless children who were supposedly tough to work with but found I could really connect with them. These experiences made me realize my passions. I have over 10 years experience providing and training new clinicians in Family Centered Treatment. I was drawn to The SPARC Network as I have a long history with the Central Program Director and was very excited to build a program from the ground floor up. The opportunity for growth and my own development is very exciting.
Preston Cole, LCSW
In-Home Therapy Supervisor
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and graduate from UNC Wilmington with a Masters of Social Work. I also have an academic background in Psychology and Child and Family Development. For the past 11 years I have been working with children and their families in their homes and communities. Most of my experience comes from working in enhanced services with children at risk of being placed out of the home. Through this experience I have gained a personal appreciation for working to prevent children and adolescents from hospitalization and placements in long-term residential treatment facilities. I have a passion for joining and collaborating with families to empower them in resolving conflict, developing solutions and building the family life they seek to achieve. I am certified in trauma-informed therapy and use a Strengths-Based and Solution Focused approach to working with families. I also have over 4 years of experience in supervising and overseeing the delivery of intensive community-based services. I joined SPARC after returning back to my hometown area. I was drawn to SPARC because I believe in the agency values and I believe they are the foundation for good care.
Information Technology Director
In 1994, at the age of 14 I decided to very sneakily list the four wheeler my father had gotten me for sale in the newspaper, sold it and bought my first computer, the Apple IIe. Once I was ungrounded, I began deconstructing and rebuilding it over and over. That brief curiosity in 1994 has now turned into a full blown career. I’m curious, and I enjoy work that challenges me to learn something new and stretch in a different direction. I do my best to stay on top of changes in the state of the art so that I can meet challenges with tools well suited to the job at hand.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with a nearly two-decade career in Human Services. I came to SPARC in 2015 due to shared values and desire to help individuals and families in the community who are in crisis and seeking help. I have over 17 years of professional experience in the Mental Health/Behavioral Health industry with various types of people of all ages and have sincerely enjoyed my work. Four of those years have been spent in a supervisory capacity where I have experienced an increase of job responsibilities and a chance to hone my leadership skills
Family Centered Treatment Supervisor - Triad
I am the Triad Family Centered Treatment Program Supervisor. My love for working with children and families started at a young age and eventually led to serving as my church’s preschool director, volunteer work with adolescents, and undergraduate coursework in a child development. Prior to working in the field as a certified Family Centered Treatment clinician, my experience was in working with men and women with chronic mental health needs and substance addiction. It was through observing a consistent pattern of early childhood trauma and lack of early intervention, that my passion for family systems therapy was born. I recognized that, by working with the whole family to address generational patterns of family needs, we could more effectively stem the development of adult mental health and substance addiction later in life. In addition to my experience as a licensed clinician, I bring experience working in the non-profit sector with adult and adolescent victims of human sex-trafficking. I joined SPARC in 2017 because of a shared value for a strong level of commitment to bringing a solution-focused therapeutic approach to children and families.
Family Centered Treatment Supervisor - Charlotte
I am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA). I’ve earned my Bachelor’s in Human Service with a concentration in Counseling from SUNY at Empire State in Buffalo, New York and a Master’s in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo. My education and career have always been focused on my passion for working with children and families. I have worked within the family system for over 19 years and have extensive experience providing families with individual and group counseling while also supporting them as they navigate through life transitions. I believe that change happens when people are given the guidance, they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. I aspire to always provide an environment of compassion and support to help others overcome obstacles in order to moved forward and thrive.
Transition Management Services Supervisor
A graduate of Wake Forest University with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, I have provided direct care, supervised multiple service lines, in addition to being responsible for implementing new agency programs.
Dan Zorn, MPA
President & Founder
Thirty plus years of programming and administrative experience building quality services has led me to this newest venture called The SPARC Network. I have worked within the public/private arenas, as well with profits/non-profits throughout central Virginia and western North Carolina. My team and I have developed contracts with Departments of Social Services, Juvenile Justice, Schools, Public Health, and Managed Care Entities. If the service is designed to serve consumers in their communities, AND save the system money, then we have an interest in building that service.
I have enjoyed learning from some amazing people who believe in social entrepreneurship. If we build programs and services that keep people out of expensive institutional care, and if we recruit, support, and place quality professionals, then we have done something special.
If we do this in a sustainable financial environment, then we have developed a lasting social service.