The SPARC Leadership Team

Teri Herrmann, MA

Teri Herrmann, MA

CEO

therrmann@thesparcnetwork.net

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..

Amy Proffitt

Amy Proffitt

CFO

amy@thesparcnetwork.net

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.

Helen Austin

Helen Austin

CCO

haustin@thesparcnetwork.net

After 10 years of providing child Mental Health services in various settings, I began working in quality assurance. For the past 7 years I successfully provided guidance to mental health service providers on compliance to rules and regulations of the state, MCOs, and other regulatory entities. I enjoy finding creative and user-friendly ways to make sure our teams are meeting expectations and providing quality care. I believe in a trauma-informed approach to providing care both for the client and the service provider. My mission is to ensure that our agency’s providers are educated, protected, and fulfilled in their work, and that the agency is free from risk as much as possible. I’m excited to grow with SPARC and believe that by contributing to the stabilization of clients in their natural home environment, we can make the world a better place.

Jeremy Proffitt

Jeremy Proffitt

Information Technology Director

jeremy@thesparcnetwork.net

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.

Matt Hill, FCT Master Trainer, FCT Approved Supervisor

Matt Hill, FCT Master Trainer, FCT Approved Supervisor

Director of Training

mhill@thesparcnetwork.net

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 and I am an L1, L2, and L3 certified staff. 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. 

Territa Chambers, MA, LPC

Territa Chambers, MA, LPC

In-Home Therapy Supervisor - Charlotte

tchambers@thesparcnetwork.net

I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned a  Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Akron, and a Master’s in Clinical Counseling form Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary. I have a strong passion for quality systemic care and strong positive outcomes. My clinical framework  is transformation, developmental and solution based  with families, individuals and systems to support growth and change.  My background  of 10 years,   in healthcare and community settings afforded me a holistic lens in working with families and providing person centered care.  I believe people and families heal by taking their entire being into consideration as well as their life experiences. Marrying these two together fosters strength, development and growth.

Dominique Vaughan

Dominique Vaughan

CST Supervisor

I am a graduate from Winston-Salem State University with a bachelor degree in Sociology. I have been in the mental health field since 2002 starting with an internship while in college. My experience covers, working in corrections, working with juvenile justice, sex offenders, domestic violence, drug treatment court, law enforcement, judicial system, DSS, methadone clinic, child services and adult services. During my journey of gathering experience in all different types of fields, I was able to go back to school to obtain a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Once I finished my degree I took and passed the state example for counseling. I then completed 3,000 supervised hours along with necessary supervision from supervisor. I currently hold a licensed thru the state for Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I look forward to continue to grow and provider rewarding services to anyone in need in the mental health field.

Fred Ingram

Fred Ingram

TMS / IS Supervisor

I am a Graduate of N.C A&T state University (AGGIE PRIDE). I have been in the mental health field since 1997, and have worked with both youth and adult populations. I have done everything from direct care, to supervising group homes and CBS services, to training in TCI(therapeutic crisis interventions) I  have worked with the  (DD) population Autism Spectrum as well as MH population. I truly have a passion to  empower, advocate and  improve quality of life for those who can’t manage those things on their own.  I now supervise a great group of individuals from the Transitions Management Services (TMS) and Individual Support staff at SPARC Network.  I value the wealth of knowledge that I have endured while working for The SPARC Network Family.  I believe in the power of the team and The SPARC Network Values and Culture  in which the power of the team is valued. The opportunity for growth for my team and my own development is very exciting

Sherrae Lachhu

Sherrae Lachhu

Clinical Director

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

Megan Anderson

Megan Anderson

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.

Tanika Barber

Tanika Barber

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. 

Jenifer Shadrick

Jenifer Shadrick

Triad IHTS Program Supervisor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate and have my certification with NADD as a Direct Support Professional.  I graduated from Liberty University with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology Christian Counseling with a minor in Special Education.  I completed my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with Liberty University as well.  My background experience consists of 27 years of working with children and their families in various capacities.   My mental health experience consists of Individual, Family and Group therapy, Mobile Crisis, and Enhanced Services.   I utilize a solution focused family approach as I assist families in developing effective communication skills and creating healthy family dynamics.  I take a holistic approach as I work with individuals of all ages.   I became part of the SPARC team in 2018 and have a strong commitment to uphold the mission and values of the company. 

LaTisha Pearson

LaTisha Pearson

Adult Services Director

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.

 
I truly believe that people deserve to be heard and empowered to initiate the change that they would like to see in their lives. In my work I operate in knowing that I am NOT the expert. The individuals that I serve are the experts over their lives, and should always have the first say in how they would like to move forward. I remain passionate, eager to learn and I continue to look forward to navigating through the many avenues that make up this wonderful profession.
Dan Zorn, MPA

Dan Zorn, MPA

President & Founder

dan@thesparcnetwork.net

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.