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Welcome to our Newest Board Members!

June 4, 2020 | By Snee Howard

William Sparks

Will Sparks serves as the Dennis Thompson Chair and Professor of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, where he has taught since 2000. Concurrently he serves as the founder and Managing Director of William L. Sparks & Associates, LLC, a professional services firm providing executive coaching, leadership development and change management services to organizations worldwide. He also serves as a Partner in Peter Browning Partners, LLC, a professional services firm focused on board governance. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior & Development from The George Washington University.

Fleenoil Lane

Fleenoil is a 20+ year IT Executive with leadership roles at Verizon, NetApp, Cisco and currently Cohesity Inc’s Eastern Americas Support and RTP Executive. He’s an active member of Beta Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc and Epsilon Gamma Boule’ of Sigma Pi Phi and involved in their nonprofit public service activities. He is proud to worship at Peace Missionary Baptist Church of Durham for over 45 years. Fleenoil has been married to Kathy Williams for almost 25 years and blessed with two daughters, Zachyre a 2x Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, Captain of Howard Univ Women’s Track Team and JR at Howard University; and Zian, a freshman also at Howard who is an Annenberg Scholar in School of Communications and member of the University Choir. Fleenoil’s love of children and helping them overcome life challenges, paired with his business acumen, help give Arts For Life a strong foundation of leadership.

Jessica Schwartz

Born and raised in Charlotte, Jessica is excited to help bring the joy of art to children across the state. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she is passionate about health and fitness, the arts, and travel. Professionally, Jessica is well-versed in marketing, communications, development, and the arts. She has been involved with Arts For Life for a number of years: as member and chair of the Charlotte Community Council and currently, as the co-chair of Rise & Shine Charlotte 2019 and 2020 (which raised a record $67K in 2019, under her chairwomanship!).



Welcome William, Fleenoil, and Jessica!