Terri King: Executive Director
Terri has been with Sparrow Clubs since 2003, when she was hired to be the Administrative Assistant to Founder, Jeff Leeland. She became the Executive Director for Sparrow Clubs in September 2014. Terri feels strongly that we should all show compassion to others, making the needs of others a top priority in our lives. Terri loves the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys spending time with her family.
Jeff Leeland: Founder; Washington Director
Jeff Leeland wrote the book One Small Sparrow--the original story of how students at Kamiakin Junior High in Kirkland WA rallied the community to save the life of their son, Michael Leeland. From the life lessons and inspiration that these heroic kids provided, came the idea of forming an organization that matched children in medical need as service projects for youth in schools. Since 1995 over 1,000 children, 'sparrows' have been adopted by hundreds of thousands of kids in schools throughout the USA. Jeff now serves as the Washington state director for Sparrow Clubs and lives in Bellevue WA.
Matt Sampson: Oregon Director
Matt began working for Sparrow Clubs USA in May, 2006, and currently serves as the Oregon Director. Matt has always had a big heart for kids and young people. Speaking to kids of all ages and watching them come alive with compassion for kids in need has been one of the great joys of his life. Matt tries to live life to the fullest and enjoys goofing off, trying to make people laugh, singing, hiking, traveling, watching movies, and spending lots of time with his adventurous wife Kena and their beautiful blended family of five children!
Nancy Childers: Central Oregon Regional Director
Nancy Childers has returned to Sparrow Clubs as Regional Director for Central Oregon. She originally joined the Sparrow Club staff in 2007. She has always had a heart for kids and has worked with youth in some capacity since 1986. She is excited to once again be involved at Sparrow Clubs and enjoys seeing the Sparrow Projects come together... creating hope for a family facing a difficult time and seeing the lives of the students involved changed for the better. She loves spending time with family and friends and is always up for an adventure. She lives by the motto: have courage and be kind.
Kena Sampson: Southern Oregon Program Coordinator
Kena joined Sparrow Clubs USA in July of 2016 as the Southern Oregon Program Coordinator. As a young girl Kena discovered that coming alongside a child to care and mentor is not only a pure joy, but also an honor. Her experience as a staff leader with Boys and Girls Club USA, and coach with National Youth Sports Program confirmed a deep desire that she wanted to be a part of her community on a deeper level. It became a priority for her to do her part to nourish and encourage children and their families.
Kena is a born and raised Oregonian. She graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2003, and now resides, with her husband and Five children, in the Rogue Valley as an active member and “lover” of her community. She loves spending time with her family and friends, whether it be hiking, swimming, being silly, or being a listening ear; “Life is about adventure, and saying ‘Yes’ to where each day can take you. Just enjoy all the moments.”
Rachel Worbes: National Office Bookkeeping
Rachel joined the Sparrow Clubs staff in 2013 as our part-time bookkeeper. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, she is thrilled and thankful to be working within an organization that empowers children to give back to their community while helping a child in need at the same time. Meeting and interacting with the Sparrow families is a favorite part of her job. She and her husband stay busy raising 3 active boys. They enjoy camping, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Janie Thornton: Indiana Program Coordinator