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.
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.
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.
Matt Hill, FCT Master Trainer, FCT Approved Supervisor
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 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.
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
Megan Anderson, MA, LCMHC
I entered the mental health field after working with adult survivors of childhood trauma in the non-profit sector. It was clear to me how much their childhood experiences shaped the trajectory of their lives including mental health, physical health, academic achievement, substance use, legal involvement, etc. I wanted to support empowering people to develop the skills they needed to take back control over their lives. Since joining SPARC in 2017, I have served in the role of Family Centered Treatment Clinician and then Triad Family Centered Treatment Supervisor. Through my time in this field, I have grown in my passion for supporting clients in accessing the highest quality of care while collaborating effectively with other agencies, stakeholders, and natural supports involved to best meet the client needs. In a field with high levels of burnout for clinicians it has also been my goal to invest in and develop well-rounded staff with the skills, solution-focused mindsets, and whole person collaborative approach to not only see clients successfully moving through treatment but support retention of quality staff who love the work they do.
Aishah Whitehead, MSW, LCSW
FCT Program Supervisor
Hi There! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate from both South Carolina State University & Johnson C. Smith University. I have been a part of the mental health community since 2017, where I started my career with SPARC as a Family Centered Treatment Clinician. I must say, I enjoy every minute! I am most passionate about working with children and families to help bring awareness around proactively changing generational trauma. Rising above my own family trauma aided my desire to work with community-based services and eventually sparked my interest in working within a supervisory compacity. I now supervise an amazing, solution focused, and driven group of clinicians who continue the great work in advocating and educating our families. I believe it takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and I am grateful to be a part of an agency with high Values and great Culture to meet the needs of our clients.