Havah Armstong-Walther, Board President
An active disabilities advocate and nonprofit consultant, Havah travels throughout Vermont and New Hampshire to support families and help individuals find equal access to resources. When she is not working as an advocate, Havah uses her background in communications and program design as Director for Start Change where she and her team help small nonprofit organizations grow. She and her family live on a small homestead in Hartford, VT and Spark!’s open and engaged Community Center is one of their favorite places in the Upper Valley.
Cheryl Jones, Board Vice President
Cheryl has lived in the Upper Valley her whole life and is a mother of two. One of her sons has developmental delays. Cheryl has worked for the last 20+ years as a certified occupational therapy assistant working with the pediatric and adult population. Prior to that time, she had her own daycare. Cheryl enjoys being a member of the Spark! Events committee which helps plan Friday Fun Nights, and working on fundraising events. Friday nights she can be found spending time at Spark! sharing time and experiences with the participants.
Phillip Eller, Board Treasurer
The need for a resource like Spark for people with special needs that also involves the general public in an experience of inclusion was continuously identified by parents and families that I worked with for 15 years at the Special Needs Support Center and served as Director for the last 10. As a social worker, counselor, community organizer, and educator in a career spanning 50 years I have been involved and working with people that are considered on the margins of society. Helping in the creation and ongoing development and leadership of Spark since its beginning has been a great satisfaction and joy for me.
Barbara Klocek, Board Secretary
Barbara is a retired teacher/tutor who worked at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. She has a B.S. in Psychology from Univ. of Illinois and a masters degree in finance from the Univ. of Chicago. Many of the classes she taught addressed the needs of entering students with learning disabilities. She also taught classes on reading effectively in college and is trained in the Wilson Reading Method for adults. Barbara served on the boards of the American Assn. of University Women in NJ and the New Hampshire Farms Network here in NH, and was a Scout Leader for three years at the International School of Amsterdam. She has worked as a volunteer at SPARK! offering various crafts classes and a class to assist individuals with their financial needs.
Bonnie is a retired education teacher. She worked at the Hartford Regional Resource Center as an Employment/Transition Coordinator. Bonnie appreciates the importance of having a program like Spark!, which provides social and educational opportunities for adults with special needs and other community members who enjoy being together.
Kim Hartell is a local private practice marriage and family therapist with a specialty in Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the lifespan. She has worked as a therapist in home and school settings, as well as in the office. She has two adult children on the Spectrum, which helped launch her into this specialty.