Guiding the work of the Spark Corps design apprentices, the following individuals make up the Spark Corps staff. Their diverse backgrounds and passion for design are instrumental in the progression of Spark Corps mission, and the professional development of Corps members.
Meaghan Kennedy // Executive Director
With a background in public health and industrial design, Meaghan is the founder and executive director of Spark Corps and oversees the development and execution of Spark Corps projects. Also wearing the hat of founder & lead strategist of Orange Sparkle Ball, Meaghan saw a space to explore a program focused solely on design for social impact and the mentoring of young designers. This led to Spark Corps' founding in the spring of 2015. Meaghan has taught both at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and splits her time between Atlanta and the Bronx.
Sidney Brinson // Design Researcher
Sidney leads the user research and strategy projects with our CDC clients. She has a Master of Industrial Design from Georgia Tech ('16) and is passionate about using design to impact social and environmental problems. Sidney also splits her time at Spark Corps with Orange Sparkle Ball doing graphic design and product development. Previously, Sidney worked as a 3D Animator in Atlanta producing 3D graphics for networks like Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Turner Sports. Outside the office, she enjoys traveling, running, camping and canoeing.
Tania Saliba // Design Apprentice
Tania is a firm believer that almost any facet of the world can be improved upon with the right amount of thought and dedication and that there are so many things that can be made better with design thinking. Tania holds a B.F.A. in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and is especially interested in designing for children; including toy design, learning and teaching devices, safety equipment, and entertainment. As a Design Apprentice, Tania will be focused on helping build our design education brand, Flashlight.
Maria Ortega // Design Apprentice
Maria is our newest member of Spark Corps. All the way from Colombia, she came to Atlanta holding a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design from Pontifical Xaverian University, Bogota, Colombia. Maria approaches all projects with enthusiasm and a strong desire to create fresh, insightful and relevant ideas. She has a special interest in strategic management and marketing. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places and learning from different cultures.