The perfect team — each member of our crew brings an expertise and enthusiasm to their work; we care about your results.


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Anna Sparks, Owner/Coach/Physiologist

Anna Sparks has been working as a personal coach for over six years.   Anna is remarkably qualified for a science-based approach to coaching and has an undeniable genuine desire to help athletes realize their full potential.  Anna’s impressive athletic resume began with the Ole Miss Rebels Soccer Team at the University of Mississippi where she also received a B.S. degree in Exercise Science and Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She began dabbling in cycling and triathlon in 2004 after her collegiate soccer career.  She realized her talent on the bike and transitioned to competitive cycling in 2009 and currently races professionally on a UCI women's road team, Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling. In addition, she competes in several endurance mountain bike events around Arizona.

Anna was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Ole Miss Rebels athletic department while completing her master’s degree.  During this time, Anna also completed an internship in strength and conditioning at Auburn University working with Olympic swimmers. After completing her master’s degree she became the assistant soccer coach at The University of Arkansas and spent four years coaching the Lady Razorback Soccer Team. She moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2008 to join the Arizona State Sun Devils as the assistant soccer coach and also worked for 4 years as a personal coach for Sigma Coaching before starting Sparks Systems in 2015.

 


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Diana Kinsfather, Dietitian

Diana Kinsfather was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado.  From a very young age Diana was blessed with a wonderful foundation for health, including a mother who always served delicious, healthy, and balanced meals, and a sports-loving father who believed participating was better than spectating.  Swimming, golf, tennis, and softball filled the summers and basketball, volleyball, and skiing ruled the winter months.  For Diana, enjoying and appreciating the benefits of nutrition and exercise became second nature. 

Diana started working for Tribe Multisport in Scottsdale in September of 2006.  She competed in her first half-ironman that October and fell in love with the sport.  Recognizing the importance of nutrition to the cycling and triathlon community, Diana soon realized that what began as a hobby would turn into a career she would pursue with passion. 

Diana received her Bachelor of Science degree and her Masters of Science degree from Arizona State University; in both degrees her major field of study was Nutrition, with an emphasis on dietetics.  She completed her dietetic internship, also through Arizona State University, and received her Registered Dietitian Certificate in 2013.

Diana is the owner of Kinsfather Nutrition, providing diet and nutrition counseling and planning; she also works closely with Anna Sparks of Sparks Systems to help their common clients reach their personal health and fitness goals.  In addition to operating Kinsfather Nutrition, Diana also teaches Human Nutrition at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. She and her husband Zack are the proud parents of a beautiful an active 18-month old daughter.

Check out her personal website at: http://www.kinsfathernutrition.com

Professional Affiliations:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Registered Dietitian
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Group: Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Group: Nutrition Entrepreneurs


Erica Zaveta, Coach

Erica obtained her B.A. of Exercise Science (English Minor) from Brevard College. Erica competes as a professional bike racer, racing at the highest level in the disciplines of mountain bike, road cycling, and cyclocross. She is currently racing for Cylance Pro Cycling for the road season as well as Maxxis Shimano for professional cyclocross. 

She began racing road bikes at the age of 15 and has continually grown in the sport for the last decade. She holds 5 individual national titles in collegiate racing including: MTB Cross Country, Short Track, Downhill, Cyclocross, MTB omnium, as well as team relay in cyclocross and mountain bike. Her first year on a professional team, Erica raced for the US National team at the Pan American games and several European World Cups. The following year she moved to England and raced the early season elite mountain bike world cups finishing among the top in her division. Over time she found interest in cyclocross and raced again over seas with the national team for cyclocross world cups.   

Erica has a passion for improving the experience of cycling for anyone, not just competition athletes. Her skill as a professional road, cyclocross, and cross country mountain cyclist, combined with her advanced education makes her an incredible valuable asset to anyone looking to enhance their cycling prowess.


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Reiley Pankratz, Web Designer & Content Manager

Reiley Pankratz graduated from Arizona State University in 2015 with a degree in Nutrition & Management. She is currently working on her Masters of Business Administration degree from University of Utah. While a student at ASU Reiley discovered cycling and was immediately hooked. She is currently racing with Canyon Elite, a women's Domestic Elite road team based in Phoenix, which she founded in 2015 and continues to manage. In addition to racing on the road Reiley is also part of State Bicycle Company factory team, racing fixed gear criteriums. When she isn't riding her bike she enjoys hiking with her dog and the constant search for the perfect cup of coffee.  Reiley brings her creativity and energy to communicate the ethos of Sparks Systems and assures the content is as compelling as it is relevant to training, nutrition, and lifestyle goals. Contact Reiley with any social media, website questions or concerns at reiley@sparkssystems.net.