Parker came to IIAD from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy, where she served as an animal health officer in the Animal Production and Health Division, a position she held since January 2012. Prior to her international services, Parker was the chief veterinarian for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Washington, D.C., where she served the nation’s beef industry by leading the association’s domestic and international animal health efforts. During her time in Washington, D.C., she also served on the House Committee on Agriculture, first as the 1999-2000 American Veterinary Medical Association’s Congressional Science Fellow for Ranking Member Charlie Stenholm (D-TX), then as a professional staff member for then-Chairman Larry Combest (R-TX), followed by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). During her time on the committee from 1999 to 2006, she worked on fruit and vegetable issues, viticulture, marketing orders and promotion programs, livestock issues, animal and plant health, pesticides, biotechnology, homeland security, research, food safety and honey issues. She holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and two Bachelor of Science degrees, all from Texas A&M University.
At IIAD, Parker utilizes her extensive national and international experience and network to develop collaborations between IIAD and animal health stakeholders, including private business, agriculture associations and veterinary practitioners, as well as federal and international governments.
In addition to her work with IIAD, Parker holds a joint appointment with the Office of the Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, serving as a subject matter expert related to livestock and animal health. In this role, she assists with research proposals, technical and operational responses, grant writing and other funding requests for veterinary and animal health efforts.