Ann S. Parker’s civic involvement is extensive and spans nearly 40 years and numerous cities in the Midwest where she swiftly rose to leadership roles. She is Chair of the Board of Champions of City Year San Antonio. She serves on the Advisory Council of San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM); the San Antonio Area Foundation’s Strengthening Nonprofits Advisory Committee. She serves on the Masters Leadership Program’s Candidate Selection and Diversity Committees. She is a member of the Membership Committee of SA100. She is President of The Heights Homeowners Association.
Parker is Past President of the Board of Impact San Antonio, previously serving as Chair of two grant review committees, and as Secretary of the Board. Ann is a former member of the Board of Directors of SAMM where she chaired the Development Committee and served on the Executive and Program Committees. She is a graduate of the Masters Leadership Program, Class V. During her service on the Masters Leadership Program Alumni Association Board (MLPAA), she chaired Communications, Membership, and Programs, and served on the Nominations/Governance Committee, the Scholarship Selection Committee, and the Diversity Committee. Ann served on the Board of the Monte Vista Historical Association and chaired all of their fundraising events for two years, rising to President-elect. She co-created the Cowgirls Live Forever event benefiting the San Antonio Rodeo Scholarship Fund, coordinated fundraising efforts for San Antonio Symphony’s Maestro Society, and served on the Steering Committee of the DoSeum Benefit Luncheon.
Before moving to San Antonio from Kansas City, Missouri, she served as an officer 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. While living in Fort Worth, Texas, she introduced and chaired an innovative fundraiser for the Edna Gladney Center, earning the first “Friendship Award” ever given to an individual. The Mayor of Fort Worth appointed her to serve as the Junior League representative on the Clean City Commission.
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 Ann Shelton Designs, a children’s clothing manufacturer and retailer, and was a computer sales representative in Kansas City, Missouri. She won first place in the group quilt division of the San Antonio Quilt Show. Frost Bank twice displayed her quilts in its lobby.
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.