Priscilla T Graham
Priscilla T Graham is an American Documentary Photovangelist, Author and Speaker who specializes in historical photo books of buildings, settlements, neighborhoods, and places that have been forgotten in history. Georgia native and Gulf War Veteran, credits her success to God, family, and faith.
Priscilla’s passion is storytelling through the lens of the camera… capturing timeless moments of life. After her military service at Fort Hood, Texas and graduating from Texas Southern University, Priscilla had a life-changing experience. She attended a Juvenile Justice Conference in Austin, Texas where Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee said,” Too often when people need us the most, we give them our worst.” Priscilla was compelled to practice the more rewarding and personally satisfying ‘servant leadership.’
After managing the first YMCA in the country to be named after a professional sports team, Houston Texans, Priscilla soon became the archivist and social media manager for Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition and took many pictures of activities that have occurred during the efforts to save the brick streets in Historic Freedmen’s Town.
Through this process of activities and awareness, Priscilla realized that many settlements were written right out of history completely. She wanted to share with others what she learned about African American settlements in and around the Houston areas. This was the birth of her book series, Hallowed Ground, which features over 18 African American Settlements, 102 One-Hundred-Year-Old Churches, and 74 Harris County Historical Marker Locations.
Tracey Saizan Griffin
Tracey was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and moved to Houston as a result of Hurricane Katrina. She is a physical therapist and co-owner of Scoop Pilates and Personal Training with her husband Phillip. Tracey and Phillip met in Houston and have been married for 11 years. They have been blessed with four beautiful children through adoption from the foster care system, ages 7,5 3 and 2. Between working full time, being a business owner, wife and mother there isn’t much time for anything else, however Tracey does enjoy date nights with her husband and “girls’ night out” when time allows. Tracey became interested in Sparkles of Life during her own 9 year journey with infertility. Being grateful for all the love, support and prayers Sparkles has given her family, she wants to return the favor by providing support and encouragement to other women and couples on the journey to growing their family. Tracey believes God has blessed she and Phillip in bigger ways than she could’ve ever imagined and feels it’s an honor to serve on the board of this amazing organization.
Upon retirement in 2009, Carolyn Burnley became involved in Sparkles of Life, Inc. as a volunteer, and later assumed the role of treasurer and event coordinator. Prior to joining Sparkles of Life, Inc., she worked a variety of assignments which featured chemical manufacturing, product creation, evaluation and testing. In these roles, she was active developing, delivering, and managing information to local and national audiences and customers. Carolyn also works as a mentor to students interested in STEM and with nonprofits and activities that promote scholarship and concentrate on the preservation of original structures.
Carolyn joined Sparkles of Life, Inc. as a volunteer because she wanted to assist her friend Rhonda Nwosu assist women and families realize their dream of parenthood. The love, friendship and inspiration that she has observed since starting her work with Sparkles of Life, Inc. continues to motivate her to assist others. She also considers herself quite fortunate to be able to work with Sparkles of Life, Inc. to assist families as they welcome new babies and children or in rare cases assist them to learn to conquer grief from a loss. Carolyn has proudly witnessed Sparkles of Life Inc. impact lives in many ways: developing partnerships with small businesses to provide diapers and other supplies to new mothers; creating playtime with children born or adopted after their families have been coached or assisted by Sparkles of Life, Inc; issuing grants that assist to create births; and finally developing friendships and relationships that assist Sparkles of Life, Inc.to make parentage a reality for others.”
Carolyn Burnley pursued undergraduate studies in Biology/Chemistry at the University of Houston. When she’s not traveling with her husband she spends her free time with her family especially her grandchildren.