The Spark Mill was formed with the belief that change shouldn't be boring. We can't promise it won't hurt a bit, but we are experts at helping companies and organizations of all sizes make leaps, manage transitions, and plot transformative futures. 


 email: sarah @ thesparkmill.com

email: sarah @ thesparkmill.com

Volunteering

 

Sarah Milston, MPA 

FOUNDER + CEO

 Whether a guide, instigator, or knowledge base Sarah is passionate about connecting the dots and giving people the right plan and tools to make stuff happen.  Over the last ten years as a consultant, Sarah has worked with over 100 associations, nonprofits and businesses to help at the intersection of creativity, strategy, and action.  Sarah is an active speaker and trainer around the Mid-Atlantic region on all aspects of strategic planning, nonprofit sustainability, and brand strategy and was named Instructor of the Year in 2015 at Nonprofit Learning Point. She counts Mary Baldwin University and VCU as her alma maters. When she isn't at work she wrangles two very different young girls with the hope of raising good humans.

  • Strategic Planning

  • Change Management

  • Brand Strategy


 email: chris @ thesparkmill.com

email: chris @ thesparkmill.com

 

Christopher Bennett

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT +
FACILITATOR

Chris is passionate about big ideas that create lasting positive impact.  His 10+ years of experience as a pastor working with small, medium and large congregations has equipped him to engage organizational challenges at a variety of levels.  Chris’ energy and passion combined with big picture thinking has helped teams create and deliver innovative and exciting solutions to organizational problems.  

  • Strategic Planning

  • Faith Consulting

  • Innovation


 email: lindsey @ thesparkmill.com

email: lindsey @ thesparkmill.com

 

Lindsey O-Pries

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT +
FACILITATOR

Lindsey serves as a development coach for The Spark Mill clients in need of personalized attention.  After spending four years working for a national social justice nonprofit working to increase the capacity of small nonprofits across the country, Lindsey offers a wealth of knowledge and the unique ability to transform development offices into high functioning units. 

  • Strategic Planning

  • Development

  • HR Practices

  • Diversity & Inclusion


 email: courtney @ thesparkmill.com

email: courtney @ thesparkmill.com

 

Courtney Layman

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT +
Analyst

Courtney is The Spark Mill editor, analyst, and all around keeper of details. She serves in the role of Analyst on large strategic projects, managing both qualitative and quantitative data. Courtney honed her analysis skills in the Air Force before moving into consulting. She most often works behind the scenes to shape survey tools, digest and synthesize datasets, and manage statistical best practices. She also manages brand projects and is the keeper of The Spark Mill brand voice.

  • Communications

  • Brand Strategy

  • Analysis


 email mariah @ thesparkmill.com

email mariah @ thesparkmill.com

 

Mariah Williams

Associate Consultant + facilitator

Mariah is a graduate of the University of Richmond and received her Master's in Urban Planning from VCU. After spending two years working as a consultant for the federal government at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC, she left to pursue her passion for community planning in communities of color. She brings a wealth of knowledge in qualitative research, community engagement, participatory practices and is passionate about social justice, inclusivity and equity in the city.  

  • Community Engagement

  • Diversity & Inclusion