Emeritus Member Biography
Class V (2009)
Ann Parker presently serves as Chair of the Board of Champions of City Year San Antonio. She serves on the Masters Leadership Program Board as Chair, Development Committee, and the Advisory Council of San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM). She is past chair of the Power of Women Luncheon benefiting City Year San Antonio, and previously mentored a PhD Candidate in the University of Incarnate Word’s Educational Entrepreneurship Program. She is a member of SA100 and immediate past President of The Heights Homeowners Association. She is Past President of the Board of Impact San Antonio and is a former member of the Board of Directors of SAMM. During her service on the Masters Leadership Program Alumni Association Board (Class V) she chaired Communications, Membership, and Programs, and served on the Nominations/Governance Committee, the Scholarship Selection Committee, and the Diversity Committee.
After graduating from The University of Kansas, B.A. Psychology, Ann worked as the sole campaign staffer through the primary for a successful U.S. Congressional candidate; founded a children’s clothing manufacturing and sales company, and worked in sales in Kansas City, Missouri. Her civic involvement is lengthy and spans nearly 40 years and numerous cities in the Midwest. In Kansas City, Missouri, she served on the Boards of Marillac Center for Children, the Kansas City Symphony League, and the Kansas City Academy, chairing major fundraising events for each. She also served on the steering committee for The Children’s Mercy Hospital Annual Golf Tournament. In Omaha, Nebraska, she served on the Board of Fontenelle Forest, one of Nebraska’s oldest conservation organizations, and chaired their major fundraiser. She served on the Admissions, Nominating, and Public Affairs Committees of the Junior League of Omaha, and was a docent at the Joslyn Art Museum. In Fort Worth, Texas, she served on the Mayor’s Clean City Commission and chaired fundraising projects for the Edna Gladney Center and the Tri Delta Alumnae. The Edna Gladney Center awarded her the first “Friendship Award” ever given to an individual. Since arriving in San Antonio in 2000, Ann has coordinated fundraising efforts for San Antonio Symphony’s Maestro Society, Monte Vista Historical Association, and launched the Cowgirls Live Forever event for the San Antonio Rodeo Scholarship Fund.
In past years Ann water-skied, downhill and cross-country skied, snow-shoed, ice-skated, backpacked and camped in the Colorado mountains, and was an avid tennis player. Ann is married to her best friend, Dr. Robert W. Parker. Together they share four children and seven grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, traveling, reading, visits to the gym, and all of the arts.