Sarah helped to create and coach the nation's first school-based inclusive cheer team in Bettendorf, Iowa, when she was just 15 years old. Since then, she has not only served as the Sparkle Effect’s primary visionary, she has also become a nationally recognized inclusion advocate and public speaker, delivering The Sparkle Effect's message to audiences nationwide.
A lawyer by trade, Linda worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in both Washington D.C. and the Central District of Illinois for close to 20 years, where she specialized in criminal appellate practice. As the mother of a son with a disability and a passionate advocate for inclusion, Linda has advised countless parents of children with disabilities. She educates and advocates for inclusive practices nationwide at conferences for parents, teachers, administrators, coaches, and students.
Hali was a member of our nation's first high-school based inclusive cheer squad. She attended Iowa State University, where she founded the Iowa State Sparkles Squad and was an Iowa State cheerleader. Hali graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education-Special Education and a minor in Child, Adult, and Family Services. When Hali is not traveling the nation to provide excellent guidance to Sparkle Effect teams, she enjoys her career as an elementary school teacher in Colorado.
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Hailey Coy is a recent college graduate from the University of Northern Iowa an was a UNI cheerleader. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in Health Promotion and Education. Her passion for disability inclusion was inspired by her involvement with the Spectrum Project (an inclusive arts experience) where she served as the Director of Dance and Movement. Hailey currently works for the Universal Cheerleaders Association where she instructs cheer camps across the Midwest.
Meghan Stiltner attended Kent State University in Ohio, where she was a cheerleader and studied moderate to intensive special education. After transferring to Ohio State University, Meghan graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Science with a concentration in Special Education. When she is not traveling the nation as an instructor for the Universal Cheerleaders Association, Meghan is a special education substitute teacher in Ohio.