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 partly in Gerany and in Venezuela.  She speaks German and Spanish and teaches these languages to students that want to have a head start before they attend Middle or High School.  Gabriele is a certified Montessori Directress for Primary, Junior and Senior students.  She worked 23 years in a Montessori school.  To better serve students with Dyslexia, she took part in getting trained in the Orton/Gillingham Basic and Advanced program.  She implements these lessons whenever she works with students that struggle.

The Montessori Math materials come handy helping students to overcome math anxiety and imprint a better understanding about math computation during tutoring lessons.  Observing the student in ingrained in Gabriele.  These observations give her a window in the students' learning styles and thus, she is able to individualize lessons to meet the students' needs.  Gabriele believes in the uniqueness of each student and that they are able to become eventually individual learners.  She urges them to believe and respect themselves, and she assures them that they will be on their way to achieve their potential.

Gabriele has still ties to the Montessori community.  She has attended the March, 2017 National AMS Meeting in San Diego.


Regina roberts

Regina joined the Arc of Oconee County Board in 2017.  She recently relocated from New Jersey.  Regina lives in Mountain Rest with her husband Charles and adult daughter Andrea.

Regina was employed by West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District (NJ) working directly with special needs children and their mainstream peers until 2005.  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.

Over the years she has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and the 4-H of Mercer County (NJ).  She has supported the Hamilton Area YMCA Special Kids Organized Recreation and Special Organized Adult Recreation programs (SKOR/SOAR) and New Jersey Special Olympics.

Regina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Edison State University.  Regina considers herself to be a life-long learner.  She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and skills with the ARC while learning from the Board, staff and clients. 




sybil lee sparkman

Sybil is a resident of Seneca, SC and has been an advocate and supporter of non-profit organizations for the mentally and physically challenged for approximately 35 years.  Her strong interest began when she became a fund-raising volunteer for her employer in their annual United Way campaign and she had an opportunity to visit many agencies that she did not know existed.  She has been employed by Dunk Energy for 36 years and is currently a Senior Finance Analyst.  She has an A.S Degree in Business from Southern Wesleyan University.  She served for several years as Secretary and Treasurer for Arc of Tribble Center and Arc of Oconee County.  She is married to Jeffery Sparkman.  They have three children, Angela Sparkman McAlister, Brentley Sparkman, and Wesley Sparkman 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.  He attends the Tribble Center adult day program.  Sybil is an advocate for special needs citizens.  Sybil works with church youthgroups and youth camps.  She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and camping.  She also enjoys reading and listening to gospel bluegrass music. 

Olivia shaffer