Jen Parker has been around the world, and back. After growing up on a farm in England, she got bite by the travel bug and explored South America, the USA and Greece for four years before finding herself back in England ready to work. Post-wanderlusting, she spent 17 years working in advertising and the video game industry for companies such as Future Publishing, Electronic Arts, Imagine Media and Ziff Davis Publishing. After jumping across the pond to Austin, Texas, a little over 20 years ago, Jen met Joe, her now husband, and started working as a Mary Kay consultant which led to her current position as Director. Read on to find how how Jen eventually found herself on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs for Larimer County!
- Why did you join the Boys & Girls Clubs Board?
I met Debbie McCubbin and her husband through CSU connections and just loved everything about them. Debbie's energy, passion and drive to support wonderful missions in the area are amazing. I was looking for something I could get involved with in the community and Debbie recognized that immediately and was relentless (in a very positive way) in persuading me to attend the BGCLC Breakfast to consider a role on the board. I am so grateful to her and know that she is so respected by everyone. I explored many ideas and wanted to align myself with something that impacted kids and our future generation. I know there is a real need to support young people in the ever increasing pressures that face them these days so this felt like a perfect fit and something I hope I can have a positive impact on.
- What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs?
Oh my goodness I just love the enthusiasm and genuine love of the kids from the board and staff at the club, as well as to the kids themselves. Kathi Wright is such a wonderful person and so incredible at what she does. I am so inspired by her gentle and personable approach but love that she is also quite a force to be reckoned with! When I toured through my first Club I couldn’t believe the maturity of some of the kids in leadership roles and the atmosphere everyone has created for the Club Members is incredibly nurturing, safe and happy.
- What is your ideal vacation?
My husbands parents and some siblings live in Naples. Florida, and my entire family lives in England, so our vacations are either on the beach in Naples which we adore or over in Europe visiting all my family. It’s the best of both worlds. You are on vacation but spending time with precious family too. What we love about going to both places is that as soon as you get there it’s as if you never left so you can unwind and relax immediately!
- If you were trapped on an desert Island, what three things would you bring with you?
Oh goodness …only three? Well for sure my family, probably some sunblock and a resort hotel 🙂