Board Members



Cecil turner

Cecil is a native of Greenville, SC.  He is a graduate of Furman University with a degree in Business and Economics.  Cecil retired from Duke Energy as a Nuclear Business Planning Manager after 37 years of service.  Currently, Cecil is associated with Joyner Engineers, Inc.  He is a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church.  Cecil is an advocate for special needs citizens and works to improve their lives. 


Gabriele Gimenez

Gabriele grew up in Germany and Venezuela.   She is a certified Montessori Director for Primary, Junior and Senior students and has worked for 23 years in a Montessori school.  Gabriele is trained in the Orton/Gillingham Basic and Advanced program and implements these lessons as she works with students at Our Place.  Gabriele believes in the uniqueness of each learners. 


Regina roberts

Regina joined the Arc of Oconee County Board in 2017.   Regina lives in Mountain Rest with her husband Charles and adult daughter Andrea.  Prior to locating in Oconee County, Regina was employed by West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District (NJ) working directly with special needs children and their mainstream peers.  She later accepted a position in the Registrar's Office at Thomas Edison State University as a technical assistant in the records management and registration areas.  Regina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Edison State University and considers herself to be a life-long learner. 


Mike joined the Our Place board in February of 2019. Mike is a lifelong resident of Oconee County and a graduate of Clemson University. Mike holds degrees in Agricultural and Civil Engineering. Mike is employed by Clemson University. He currently serves as a Capital Project Manager. When not at work, Mike enjoys advocating for the special needs community. Mike brings a firsthand experience of what it is like to walk the special needs journey and is a valuable addition to the Our Place board.


sybil lee sparkman

Sybil is a resident of Seneca, SC and has been an advocate and supporter of non-profit organizations for individuals with ID/D for 35 years.    She has been employed by Duke Energy for 36 years and is currently a Senior Finance Analyst.  She has an A.S.  Degree in Business from Southern Wesleyan University.  She is married to Jeffery Sparkman and they have three children and three grandsons.  She is extremely passionate about children and adults with Down's Syndrome since she and her husband were blessed with their son Brentley, diagnosed at birth with Down's.


Lee Ann joined the ARC board in August 2018. She is a retired educator with a passion for the Special Needs community. Lee Ann directs a camp for children with Special Needs called Special Friends Day Camp. The camp is held every July at Saint Mark United Methodist Church. While directing the camp, Lee Ann is exposed to varying degrees of disabilities. She brings valuable experience and an understanding of the special needs community to the Our Place board.