The Heart of First Lady Teresa Parson

First Lady Teresa Parson

Teresa Parson brings to her role as First Lady the experience of being a mother, grandmother, businesswoman, volunteer, and advocate. After working 40 years in the banking industry, the First Lady retired to continue serving her community. During her career, she served on the boards of the 30th Circuit Juvenile Detention Center, A+ Program, Industrial Development Authority, Bolivar Educational Advancement Foundation, Bolivar Chamber of Commerce, and has volunteered for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The First Lady is currently serving as a board member on the Missouri State Fair Foundation which is dedicated to cultivating the future of agriculture through preservation and education.

Like her husband, First Lady Parson has a strong commitment to education. She and Governor Parson work with at-risk high schoolers as co-chairs of the Board of Directors for Jobs for America’s Graduates-Missouri, Inc. (JAG-Missouri). Together they highlight the importance of education to the next generation of leaders, as well as financial literacy and money management. The First Lady is also a dedicated advocate for special needs children, making Missourians more aware of the role these children can play in society when given the opportunities.