Deanna Parker serves as the Program Manager for both the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) and Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) Programs.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Parker served 4 years on active duty as a Non-Commissioned Officer at Camp Lejeune, NC. She was the Legal Chief for Combat Logistics Regiment-27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and then moved on to deploy with Combat Logistics Battalion–26, 26th Marine Expedition Unit. There she held the role of Dispatch Chief for Transportation Company during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Odyssey Dawn.
Upon transitioning from active duty in 2011, Parker served as the Program Director for Central New York Baptist Youth Camp where she planned and implemented all elements of the summer program for residential campers ages 8 to 18. Additionally, she took the role as the Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach at Clarks Summit University, PA.
Immediately prior to joining IVMF, she spent her time lobbying in D.C. as a Legislative Fellow with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Student Veterans of America working on veteran transition issues. Prior to that she was the Outreach Specialist for the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University, PA.
Parker holds a Bachelor of Science (dual degree) in Health and Physical Education K-12 and Biblical Theology from Clarks Summit University, PA, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Marywood University, PA.