Lynette Sparkman-Barnes, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and associate director of Counseling Services at UMKC, where she directs counseling support for students, staff and faculty, and supervises masters and doctoral level trainees. A native of Wyandotte County, Sparkman-Barnes and her husband are pastors of Grant Chapel AME Church and together serve on the board of a faith-based nonprofit, Sanctuary of Hope. She completed a Doctor of Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Sparkman-Barnes has been active in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at UMKC, including serving on the program committee for UMKC’s Women of Color Leadership Conference. Sparkman-Barnes is a resident of Wyandotte County, KS.