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All Children will have equitable access to excellent quality after-school programs that promote intellectual, creative and healthy development leading to engaged and productive citizens.


To strengthen after-school programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration in the highest acuity of need students within Tarrant County.


  • We have a children-centered focus

  • We strategically deliver resources to our highest acuity of need students

  • We are a small organization designed to pivot rapidly to triage and assess serious challenges in our high needs youth

  • We are committed to data-driven decision-making

  • We are committed to continuous quality improvement

  • We are committed to a diverse set of stakeholders

  • We continuously engage our stakeholders

  • We seek ongoing support from stakeholders and providers


  • ​To advance the safest and highest-quality service in after-school programs

  • To advocate for those we serve with honesty and mutual respect

  • To ensure quality programming through continuous learning and shared knowledge

  • To honor diversity and inclusiveness

  • To uphold the highest level of stewardship with our funds and resources

  • To be open, ethical and transparent in how we serve and operate

  • To be supportive and cooperative in all collaborations and partnerships

Staff & Board


The innovative and dedicated professionals at SPARC come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share a passion for serving the children, youth and families of Fort Worth.

Tobi Jackson
Executive Director

Tobi Jackson is a veteran of diverse academic and corporate environments, this dynamic and energetic outcomes-driven leader brings a unique blend of technical and interpersonal abilities to the team.  As a respected community leader, she is solutions oriented, with absolute strengths in leadership, team development, crisis management/stabilization and analysis.  


 During her professional career, she has served the spectrum in education, from K-12 to adult,  as a faculty member, administrator and volunteer in public, private and corporate arenas.  A strong advocate for youth with over three decades of community service, Jackson holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Science in Physiology from the University of North Texas.  ​

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The Fort Worth SPARC nine member Board of Directors was established to represent the organization’s best interests within the community, to ensure Fort Worth SPARC is on track to meet goals and to develop policies in support of optimizing opportunity for ALL children.   

Fort Worth SPARC and MYPhi, led by Dr. Yolande Pengetnze partner on specific pediatric health challenges.

Kathleen Powderly, MD President

     Pediatrician - Private Practice

Pablo Calderon Vice President

     Extensive experience working with non-profit, governmental agencies and citizen groups.

Molly Hyry, Treasurer

     Educator and Community Leader


Vicki Ray, Secretary

      Biotech and Pharmaceutical Professional, Community Volunteer

      Nationally acclaimed collegiate baton twirling coach

John Gales, Jr.

      Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Event Coordinator, Motivational Speaker, Recording Artist

Mervil Johnson

      Workforce Solutions, Workforce Collaboration Manager

          Fatherhood and Community Collaborator

Tiesa Leggett

      North Texas Commission - VP Governmental Affairs

Mary Emily Pardue

      Occupational Therapist, Community Volunteer

Susie Reyes

       Independent Consultant

       Reyes Consulting


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