Marian Sparks: JFTR Founder and President
Marian started skydiving in 2006 and now has almost 2000 jumps. She has competed nationally in 4-way and 10-way speed star teams and is a member of Parachutists Over Phorty (POPS) and Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS). As a USPA Certified Coach, she uses video and patient, comprehensive instruction to help new jumpers learn to fly their body. She has also participated in numerous 100 way plus formations.
Living in Baytown, Texas, she calls Skydive Spaceland home. As President of Jump For The Rose, not a day goes by that she is not working on something for this non-profit corporation that has become as much a passion as skydiving. She often fields calls, TXTs and posts for JFTR while she works at her day jobs as both a nail technician and dental lab artist!
In 2012 she became one of the four faces of the Susan G. Komen National Advertising Campaign and has had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people who support them including Laura Bush!
Leah started skydiving in 2003 and has 1400 jumps. She has participated in competitive 8-way on the state and national level as well as 20-way, 40-way and many other invitational’s over the years. She has been a part of numerous P3 100-way invitational’s and was a member of the Texas State Record 150-way in 2007. Leah was also an organizer for Skydive Spaceland and other various boogies, including SkyFest for 3 years.
Leah is married to her best friend, Matt Bessonette who has worked as a coach, videographer and tandem master for Skydive Spaceland for over a decade. Leah is currently President of Cornerstone Insurance Agency, Inc., Vice-President of JFTR and also finds time to sit on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston & South Texas (BBB) Better Business Bureau.
Lyn Gwen Murillo: Treasurer
Lyn graduated from Texas Southern University in 2009 with a bachelors degree in Accounting. She has been the owner of Skydive Spaceland Houston’s Deli since 2012. Her participation in various Jump For The Rose events and the first annual Crawfish Boil at Skydive Spaceland Houston has been priceless. She is the mother of two beautiful children and five grandchildren. She loves everything that JFTR represents!
Virginia Snowden: Secretary
Virginia has 17 years’ experience in education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Virginia started jumping in 1998. She has 250 total jumps. While she no longer jumps, she is still a big fan of skydiving and enjoys working with Jump For the Rose. She hosts a YouTube cooking show called Nonna Snowden Cooks where 50% of all proceeds go directly to Jump for The Rose.
Wendy retired from the US Coast Guard after 22 years. In her retirement she began dabbling in video and photograph editing, web management, and other small computer related things. Virginia asked her to manage this site and as well as oversee some social media sites. She immediately agreed and is proud to be apart of a great team once again!