Meet the SparkleTeam

Leah Powell
Founder and QueenMum of Sparkle

Leah started SparkleSkirts innocently enough in 2008 when she whipped up some sparkly skirts for her running group to wear at the inaugural Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. In that race—and every race since—people have asked “Where did you get those skirts?” That’s when her passion for both creativity and fitness shifted into high gear!

Professionally, Leah has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, muralist and trompe l’oeil artist, and as a maternity fashion designer. After recognizing the need in the market for comfortable, efficient and FUN athletic wear, she and her husband invested their life savings into SparkleSkirts."I just knew that if I had such an issue with my cricket thighs and lack of places to carry my running gear, others might have the same complaints! After decades of teaching fitness classes, I took on my first full marathon at the age of 55 (prompted by a 64-year-old friend), so I know what it’s like to work hard for a goal," said Leah.  

She believes everyone out there exercising—whether they move like a penguin, a cheetah, or something in between—should be celebrated and honored for their achievements.

"How better can I serve my fellow fitness enthusiasts than to create apparel that fits, flatters and furthers their fitness aspirations? It’s one of my greatest goals in life!"


Tom Powell

Behind every SparkleSkirt is the love and encouragement of Leah’s husband, Tom. He is our numbers man, he trucks the skirts across the US for all of our expos, and assists Adrienne in warehouse management.

He occasionally has a chance to escape SSHQ and spends that time with Queen Mum Leah running races, going to Disney, and making occasional trips up north for golfing with friends.

 


Adrienne Bettis
Warehouse Coordinator

If you've ever seen our warehouse, you know just how big of a job Adrienne has! She's responsible for organizing all the warehouse skirts, picking up and checking in new skirts from our sewing facilities, helping pack and unpack expos, and much, much more!

When not at SSHQ, Adrienne enjoys the outdoors whether she's kayaking, walking on the beach, or enjoying the company of her chihuahuas and her hubby!

 


Betty Campbell
Inspections

Betty can be found in our inspections department, flipping skirts over, checking seams, making sure the beauties you receive meet SparkleSkirts' stringent quality guidelines.

When she's not at SSHQ, Betty enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

 

 

 


Jill Collins
Expo Manager

Talk about a team member who wears a bunch of hats! Meet Jill, SparkleSkirts' fabric researcher, production assistant, marketing manager, and expo planner. And on her off hours, she creates all those pretty Sparkle headbands!

Jill a half marathoner and retired cheerleading coach is the proud mom of four daughters.

 



Fran Egan
Inspections

Anywhere from 20 to 2,000 skirts can arrive in a shipment from our sewing department here in Plant City or our facilities in St. Pete, Miami, and Los Angeles! Fran inspects the quality of these incoming skirts to make sure they meet SparkleSkirts' stringent standards.

Fran is a retired school teacher and real estate agent who now enjoys playing tennis in her free time.

 


Sharon Foster
aka FairyGodmother Sharon
Customer Service, Teams

With OVER 6,500 skirts in the large team queue, returns to handle, guests to assist, and the everlasting phone calls and emails she gets, Sharon is a very busy FairyGodmother! With a happy smile and even bigger heart, Sharon has become a favorite for many SparkleSisters.

When she manages to escape SSHQ she enjoys kayaking and other water related activities. When she's home she enjoys gardening and spending time with her fur babies. 



Ann Guy
Individual Customs and Small Teams

If you've ordered a custom SparkleSkirt lately, it's probably Ann on the other end going above and beyond to help you with your one-of-a-kind running skirt. She also handles the small team customs.

When she's not here at SSHQ, Ann can be found spending time with her eight grandkids and two grand kitties (hence the name Nanny). She is also a beach lover and fan of mermaids.

 


SparkleSkirts Social Media Manager Jessica LawsonJessica Lawson
Social Media Manager

Jessica joined the SparkleTeam after serving as Marketing Director for SPCA Florida for five years. She handles all of our social media presence as well as website management. She welcomes feedback and ways to improve your online experience, so please email her any suggestions!

When she's not busy liking your pictures or posting new stock skirts, Jessica enjoys spending time with her friends and fur babies, attending Bible study and church, reading, and going on adventures.

 


SparkleSkirts Office Manager Kate MacDonaldKate MacDonald
Office Manager, Customer Service Representative

Kathleen (Kate) MacDonald joined the SparkleSkirts team in June of 2016. She handles incoming calls and inquiry emails from all our lovely SparkleFamily. She helps SSHQ guests and oversees daily office management tasks.

Kate enjoys spending time with her daughter, a senior in the Piano Department at Harrison School of the Arts. A gardening fanatic and pet-lover, Kate has one dog and three cats. The Wisconsin native moved to Florida 30 years ago and has experience in financial services and teaching. She also brings expertise gained from owning a small business with her late husband.

Jackie McCullough
Shipping Coordinator

She is the head of the shipping department here at SSHQ. Whether she's pulling or packing your pretties, training new team members, or assisting SparkleSisters here, her bright and happy smile is ready to greet you as if you've been pals for years. When she's not working, Jackie spends her time with her 5 kids and 5 grand babies, walking the lake with her friends, and enjoying watching the Dallas Cowboys with her hubby! Although she may not be part of the team her favorite SparkleSkirt to yearn after is the SwingStyle NoteWorthy!

Click here to see the rest of our Shipping Team!


Monica Philavong
Monica Philavong Creative Assistant

Creative Assistant

Monica joined the SparkleSkirts team in November of 2016. She handles your alterations and repairs any skirts that are sent in for a tune-up.

She is also a hairstylist and says she loves to do hair. Her other hobbies also include making clothes and creating all sorts of things.

 


Claire Wilson-Wolfe
Inventory Control/Shipping

Claire joined SparkleSkirts in August of 2016 in the shipping department. She now processes incoming skirts, verifying inventory received from our sewing facilities. Claire is responsible for tagging each product and adding it to our online inventory system. She also assists Adrienne and Jill in transferring and receiving inventory for expos.

Claire is married and has four children. She's lived in Plant City for 10 years and enjoys soccer, reading, jet skiing, and going to Disney.

 


Lori Zust
Creative Assistant

Lori joined SparkleSkirts in September of 2016. She helps customize your skirts with Music Holes, Bib Buddies, Drawstrings, and Leg Cuff Extensions. Lori also makes Twinkle Skirts and SparkleLights as well as helps with those gorgeous glitter embellishments.

She has a 5-year-old daughter and a cat named Penelope. During her free time she enjoys gardening, cooking, and making things. She is currently working on her Business Administration degree.

 


Click here to meet our Plant City Sewing Team!