Amanda is a Founder of Change Better, an incubator that trains new nonprofits to build like a start-up, think like a business, and succeed in what they set out to do--solve problems with maximum impact. For several years, Amanda has been working with budding social entrepreneurs to take ambitious and disruptive ideas and turn them into action. Her passion started at DoSomething.org, where she oversaw a total of $1 million distributed in grants and acted as a consultant to Do Something's grantees, including The Sparkle Effect! As a self-described "strategic planning nerd," Amanda offers us invaluable advice to ensure that we stay true to our mission.
Allison is the founder of the IDEA Project, a non-profit that specializes in interactive disability education awareness in schools. She is also an active member of the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee for the Tahoma, Washington School District and the founder of the Sparkle Effect cheer team at Tahoma High School. Allison's strengths? Too many to count, but she is superb at networking, loves to tackle new challenges, and consistently delivers.
Cliff has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than 30 years. He has been on our Board since the beginning and also serves as The Sparkle Effect's Treasurer. Cliff works tirelessly both in the courtroom and in the boardroom to protect the security and rights of children. He has also coached youth baseball and basketball teams. Cliff is the second oldest of twelve siblings, which may help to explain why he loves to mentor young people!
Sarah is the founder of The Sparkle Effect. She helped to create and coach the nation's first high-school based inclusive cheerleading squad at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa when she was just 15 years old. Sarah has delivered The Sparkle Effect's message to thousands of students in venues across the country. She graduated from Whitman College in May of 2015 with a degree in Psychology and currently works on the marketing team at St. Jude Children's Hospital Memphis, TN. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Inclusion Project.
Nicole is the Vice President of Corporate Marketing & Communications at Varsity Spirit, The Sparkle Effect's corporate partner. Nicole began her journey at Varsity in 2001 as the Content Editor for Varsity.com. Prior to joining the team at Varsity, she cheered at Florida State University and trained cheerleaders nationwide as a staff member for the Universal Cheerleaders Association. Nicole understands all things cheerleading, has terrific instincts, and offers us stellar advice.
Danielle Liebl is the Founder and Executive Director of DIFFERbilities Experience, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities to high school and college students to promote inclusion of people with and without disabilities. Currently, Danielle is a J.D. candidate at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Impassioned by her personal experience growing up with Cerebral Palsy, Danielle has become an ambassador for individuals with disabilities. She serves on the Board of Directors for The National Inclusion Project and enjoys a robust speaking career. Through her work, Danielle has substantial experience partnering students with and without disabilities in a controlled environment.
Jackie is the Director of Varsity.com. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Interpersonal Communication and her Masters of Arts in Communication at The University of Central Florida. While attending UCF, she was a four-year member of the varsity cheer squad that garnered the Collegiate National Title in 2002. As if that weren't enough, Jackie represented the United States as a member of team USA in 2010, where she earned Gold!