Parker is the Senior Managing Editor of Directions Magazine. She helped found the publication in 1998 and is a member of the board of directors. She accepted an active editorial role in 2003. In addition to helping edit Directions Magazine, she also assists in program development for Directions Media's Location Intelligence and Rocket City Geospatial conferences. Many of you will remember Parker as the founding editor of Business Geographics magazine and chairperson of the conference by the same name during the 1990s. Parker received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science degree from the University of South Carolina, specialized in GIS. Previous to becoming an industry advocate through publishing and conferencing activities, she was a GIS-focused management consultant with Ernst & Young, and an applications specialist with Criterion. She and her daughter live in Steamboat Springs, CO, where they are active in outdoor sports and competitive Irish dance.