Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key is a passionate speaker, an advocate for the field of Human Services, and a researcher of vulnerable populations. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Services with a focus on Social and Community Service, and currently services as an Assistant Professor of Human Services and the director of the Human Services Undergraduate Program at Old Dominion University. Her research focus is geared towards further defining the professional identity of human services practitioners and delineating practice with diverse populations. She holds a HS-BCP (Human Services Board Certified Practitioner) designation and a certificate in global health and college teaching. Dr. Sparkman-Key believes in the empowerment of students and the motivation of women to reach their full potential, which is evidenced throughout her career and through her collaborative efforts. She has received numerous prestigious awards and partnered with many organizations locally and internationally. Dr. Sparkman-Key is a visionary in her field and believes her purpose is to support and advocate for the empowerment of vulnerable populations.