The Parkland Health Center Foundation Board is pleased to announce that Carla Crocker has accepted the position of Foundation Coordinator. She began in this position Aug. 3.

Crocker is native to the Parkland area, having graduated from North County High School and later earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Methodist University at Mineral Area College.

For 14 years, Crocker served in several positions with the Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council, including volunteer coordinator, outreach advocate, administrative assistant, prevention education specialist and children’s advocate, and she ultimately served for nine years as executive director.

Crocker has two children; her son, Nash Davis is a senior at Central High School and her daughter, Hattie is in fifth grade.

In reflecting on her new position, Crocker recalled being influenced years ago by the quote, “Bloom where you are planted,” while at the same time others her age wanted to leave the area.

“I have a passion for staying in this area and working to improve the lives of people in this community,” said Crocker. “I believe this is a natural fit with the mission of the Parkland Health Center Foundation, and I am blessed to have this opportunity.”

Jill Colson, president of the Parkland Foundation, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Carla to the team. We have a very solid and capable board, and with Carla in this new position, we can look forward to future growth and enhanced effectiveness in carrying out our Foundation’s mission.”

The Parkland Health Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that was established in 2009.

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