Sparkle has been a resident of Utica for over 7 years. She is the mother of three adolescents, two sons and a daughter. Her eldest son recently graduated from the Utica Academy of Science, where Sparkle was also a member of the PTA.
Sparkle is a 2017 graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and served as president of the Black Students Union (BSU) from 2015 – 2017. She is an active member of Citizen’s Action of New York, and her work there has included advocating for better community -school relations, diversity in staffing, and more equity and inclusion in the Utica School District.
As a parent of young children. Sparkle is familiar with all the challenges of juggling work, family and education issues in today’s environment. She understands the need for available, affordable and safe programs and activities for our young people to help them to reach their full potential as productive citizens in our city.
Sparkle is an advocate for enhancing and improving the quality of life for our seniors and protecting the rights, and quality of life of Utica’s special needs population.
Sparkle’s diverse interest in people has led her to participate broadly in the civic life of Utica. She is a regular volunteer at Hope House; and she is on the advisory board of the Uptown Theatre; she also serves on the Board of Directors of: ‘For the Good, Inc.’ and Rebuilding the Village, Inc.
Sparkle’s keen interest in the multi-racial, multi-ethnic, immigrant and refugee populations in Utica has led her to be a regular volunteer at the Midtown Utica Community Center (MUCC).