(Longview, Texas) – The Boys and Girls Club of Gregg County has named Shawnda Havard Parker of Longview as interim director, following the retirement of B’Ann Boiles, who served as executive director since 2011.
“The club has plans to launch a national search for a permanent executive director in the coming months,” said Boys & Girls Club President Jon Cromer. “We appreciate Shawnda Parker for stepping into the role in the interim to keep things running smoothly while we conduct the search.”
Cromer said Parker’s skillset brings a lot to the table, and the board is excited to have her in this role. He said the board is exploring all options to reach the ultimate goal of serving and impacting more kids in the Gregg County area and keeping the Boys & Girls Club strong and vibrant.
“Our goal is to make the Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County the best club it can be,” Cromer said.
Parker is a former Gregg County assistant criminal district attorney. She is the owner of the Longview-based law office of Shawnda H. Parker, P.L.L.C., where she practices criminal defense law. Born in Detroit, Mich., Parker was raised in Columbia, Tenn. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice at Kentucky State University, where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
After earning her undergraduate degree, Parker worked as a criminal intelligence analyst for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), specializing in organized crime investigations, fugitive apprehension, and the recovery of missing and kidnapped children.
Her work at the TBI solidified her commitment to the pursuit of justice and compelled her to follow her dream to become a prosecutor.
She attended the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, where she became vice president and later, president, of the school’s Black Law Student Association. She was also an active member of the school’s esteemed advocacy program and participated in mock trial competitions around the country.
After earning her law degree, Shawnda became a criminal intelligence analyst for the Houston Police Department and assisted the department in their ongoing development of an investigative analysis and assistance unit.
Parker has a passion for volunteerism and public service. She is an advocate for increased minority participation in the criminal justice careers, from law enforcement to the judiciary, to create and ensure equality and fairness on all levels. Parker and her husband, Dr. Dana Parker, are the parents of a young son.
The Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County seeks to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. A community-based organization that provides youth from ages 6 to18 with a fun, safe and constructive after-school environment, the Boys & Girls Club annually services over 400 children. Through a system of informal guidance, youth development staff form strong bonds with young people and help them make smart choices in life. Volunteers are used in every aspect of the program as mentors, coaches, educators, or just an additional caring adult.