Matt Sampson: Executive Director
Matt began working for Sparrow Clubs USA in May, 2006, and currently serves as Executive 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!
Terri King: Finance 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.
Nancy Childers: Central Oregon 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 Director
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.”
Laura Queen: Portland, OR Director
Laura officially joined Sparrow Clubs in 2016 as the Portland Program Coordinator. She has been a teacher in the Parkrose School district for the last 30 years and the Sparrow advisor there for the last 10. Her greatest passion in life is cherishing those around her and teaching others that true happiness comes from what we give, not what we get back. After the sudden loss of her grandmother and brother, then finally her mom to cancer within two years, she understands how difficult times can be when the health of those you love is threatened. As the new director in Portland, helping families with kids in medical crisis while teaching compassion in the hearts of today's youth has become her passion. Sparrow Clubs' mission to do both is the perfect blend for her. Laura loves baking for others, shopping for the ultimate bargain and warm sunny places. Her motto… "Each sunrise is an invitation for us to make others smile and brighten their day."
Julie Burket: Willamette Valley Director