About Us

Nancy Parrish

Deanie Parrish

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Nancy Parrish, Deanie Parrish, Wings Across America, WASP WWII

Executive Director Nancy Parrish and WASP Deanie Parrish

at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in March of 2010.

The heart and soul of  Wings Across America is two women -- one a WWII WASP B-26 tow target pilot and the other, her visionary daughter, working in partnership on a wing and a prayer.

 

Our Core Values:

 

Our faith, our love of our country  and our family are the bedrock of everything we do.  We proudly wave the American flag and support our troops.

 

We strive to  inspire others with the values of the WASP: honor, integrity, courage, commitment, patriotism, sacrifice, service and faith so that they might be lifted to 'fly' a little bit higher.

 

We will stretch the boundaries and continue to reach outside the box for new and exciting ways to continue our mission.

 

We will be good stewards and grateful for the gifts we have been given.

 

With God, nothing is impossible.

 

Nancy Parrish

 

Executive Director, Wings Across America

254.366.1436 | nancy@wingsacrossamerica.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

P R O F I L E

 

Visionary creative designer, transforming educational information into inspirational and exciting entertainment. Extensive experience in digital media, video, music and print.

 

 

P R O F E S S I O N A L     E X P E R I E N C E

 

Writer, designer, “FlyGirl’ WWII” the first WASP app.

 

Designer/creator: “FlyGirls  WASP WWII Exhibit," an inspirational, museum quality traveling exhibit.

 

Writer, graphic artist, designer: “WASP, In Their Own Words, An Illustrated History” (242 pp full color).

 

Creator: 'Wings  Across  America', to give every surviving WASP the opportunity to  tell her story on digital video tape and to create inspirational  multi media experiences for generations to come.

 

Producer/videographer:  interviews with 110 WASP in 19 states across the United States.

 

Creator/designer:  'WASP on the WEB' website  which includes over 2,000 pages, with interactive games, songs, audio and video clips, photographs,  and many other primary resources on the WASP

 

Official Congressional Liaison to the US Mint for the design of the WASP Congressional Gold Medal.  Appointed by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Ileana Ros Lehiten and Rep. Susan Davis.   July 2009 - February  2010

 

Designer/creator Wings Across America's original  "FlyGirls of WWII." Opened on September 15, 2007 at the Mayborn Museum Complex, Waco, TX.  (Exhibit run extended twice, closing on April 1, 2008.)   Designer: Flygirls expansion-- which tripled the size of the exhibit.  successfully opened at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial, Nov 14, 2008 and held over to April, 2010.

 

Producer:  "Marching Songs of the WASP"   available on itunes

 

Creator and director: grassroots ‘social media’ campaign using twitter, facebook, email and blogs to successfully lobby Congress to award the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII the Congressional Gold Medal.

 

Creator and founder: National WASP WWII Museum.   Designer:  brochures, posters and  flyers, and  museum exhibits for the National WASP WWII Museum.  Producer: opening Museum dedication ceremonies, flyover, parade and events honoring the WASP.  Designer: website. Creator: national membership campaign, "As many as there were WASP," generating over 1,200 charter members from all 50 states,..  Museum Director: 2003 - 2006.

 

DESIGNER:

 

Designer:  "Faces of the WASP Mosaic" Individual FACES of all the WASP make up the print of an AT-6 taking off from Avenger Field into the West Texas sunset.

 

Designer:  Legacy WASP Afghan -- sharing the history of the WASP in a unique way.

 

 "New Girls In Town"  Cover of Daedalus Flyer, featuring the names of all the WASP who joined as new members.

 

PUBLICATIONS  &  PRESENTATIONS

 

"Higher Than You've Ever Flown" presentation at the Amelia Earhart Luncheon, Zonta International.  Apx. 45 min and including  stories of inspirational and pioneering WASP.  Fall 2012.

 

"Spirit of the WASP" article for Pilot Magazine, Winter 2012

 

"An Honor of Extraordinary Proportions"  Daedalus Flyer cover design  & feature article, Fall, 2010

 

"Above and Beyond With Flying Colors: Women Airforce Service Pilots"  pp. 67 - 69. USAF Founding Centennial & 60th Anniversary. Preface by President George W. Bush, Forward by Michael W. Wynne. Introduction by General T. Michael Mosley.  Times Group, 2007.

 

“Wingtip to Wingtip: Women in Aviation and the Pioneering WASP” pp. 69-71. One Hundred Years of Powered Flight, 1903-2003. Forward by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. The Times Group, London, 2003.

 

“With No Regrets” pp. 86-89. Salute to Freedom, Spring 2008. Lafayette Marketing Group, Inc.

 

"Impossible?  Not for My Mother, the WASP!"  NPR article, spring, 2010

 

"Discovering Mom," original article republished in several newspapers and magazines.

 

Speeches, powerpoints  & national PR: Pentagon Channel Feature; Air Force News; Girl Scouts “Women of Distinction” West Texas Region; Zonta International; Texas Historical Foundation, Texas Country Reporter, PBS, KWBU Spotlight

 

 

HONORS &  AWARDS

 

2015: Pioneer Hall of Fame, Women in Aviation International

 

“Spirit of Cochran Award,” 2008 -- given by the National WASP WWII Organization:

 

FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE EXEMPLIFYING THE COURAGE, PERSISTENCE, AND INDOMITABLE, PIONEERING SPIRIT OF MISS JACQUELINE COCHRAN, FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS, WWII.

 

2010: Texas State Community Service Award, Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

2010:  Inducted into the 99’s  International Forest of Friendship.

 

 

E D U C A T I O N A L       B A C K G R O U N D

 

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, 1976, University of Houston
Master of Arts in Directing, 1980, Baylor University

 

 

B I O G R A P H I C A L      B A C K G R O U N D

 

Born in Denver, Colorado to TWO Air Force Pilots, Nancy grew up a proud 'Air Force Brat,' attending seven grade schools in five states (and 2 countries). Her colorful career has taken her around the world as a USO entertainer with the show group, Tomorrows Sunshine. She has had the opportunity to work professionally as an actor, singer, talent agent, casting director, producer, writer, song writer and web designer, Line Producer for Baylor University’s High Definition Film, "Most Significant Journey," and location casting director for the feature film, "Where the Heart Is."

 

1994-1996:  Senior Producer : KCTF Public Television, Waco, Texas. (Responsible for writing, editing, talent co-ordination, grant writing and production.)

 

1993:  Co-writer, director and producer  a video: "How To  Break  Into Show Business Without  Breaking  Your  Heart"

 

PROFESSIONAL   MEMBERSHIPS  &  AFFILIATIONS

 

Veteran’s History Project

ASCAP

Women in Aviation International

World Organization of Webmasters

International  Webmaster’s Association

 Baylor Alumni Association

 

"My passion to share their inspirational history comes from the WASP themselves, who believe that, if it’s the right thing to do, with God's help, you can do anything. It has been overwhelming to witness miracles unfold, as God has made everything about Wings Across America possible.  I absolutely believe it is the right thing to do.”

 

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Deanie Bishop Parrish
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WASP WWII   -   Associate Director, Wings Across America

 

"Failure is not failure unless you let it be. It’s simply a change in direction.

Count your many blessings and  move on!  I believed it then and I still believe it today,
 if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible!"

 

 

P R O F I L E

WASP Deanie Parrish, former B-26 tow target pilot, has served as the Associate Director and Chief Interviewer for Wings Across America since 1998.  Her expertise in the history of the WASP  and her energetic personality have created opportunities for sharing the inspirational WASP history in many different formats and on many different stages.

 

SPEAKER

 

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, U.S. Capitol, March 10, 2010

Air Force Association- WASP Lifetime Achievement Award

Air Force Academy

Veteran’s Day, Meacham Field, Dallas, Texas w/ Sen. Hutchison

“Texas in WWII” Unveiling, Texas State Capitol Austin, Texas

Texas State Technical College, Women Teachers’ Conference

“Women of Distinction” keynote, West Texas Girl Scouts

Randolph Air Force Base: Federal Women’s Week

Oshkosh Air Show, Wisconsin

National Joint Conference, ROTC, Denver, Colorado

Arnold Air Society, Texas Christian University

James Connelly Chapter, Daedalians

Civil Air Patrol,  Texas State Technical College

Lackland Air Force Base: Graduates

ROTC, Baylor University

IEEE, Baylor University

EAA,  Ada, Oklahoma

Rotary Club, Altus, Oklahoma

Rotary Club, Lions Club, EAA: Waco, Texas

National Women Engineers’ Conference, Wichita, Kansas

 

FILM  /  FEATURE INTERVIEWS

 

  •   Unsung Heroes, The Story of America’s Female Patriots  
            Produced by Ron Howard, Directed by Frank Martin

            airing on PBS Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2013

  •    USAA/Armed  Forces  Worldwide  feature, Veteran’s  Day,  2010

  •    The Stearman Spirit

  •    Defying Gravity – a film by Jill Bond

  •    “Recon”  -­‐"For the Love of Flight" -­‐   Pentagon  Channel  Special,  2010

  •     Air Command and Staff College “Gathering of Eagles” 2011

  •     National WWII Museum, New Orleans, “We Did It," 2009

 

SONG WRITER

 

"We Got the Stuff, the Right Stuff"    (A WASP Rap--sharing the history of the WASP in rap)

 

 

TV/RADIO   INTERVIEWS

 

NPR “Weekend Edition”

Fox News Weekend

NBC Today Show

CNN: Female heroes remembered

Pentagon Channel “Around the Services”

Voice Of America

The Story with Dick Gordon

 

 

RECENT PRINT PR

 

Garage Magazine Feature

Baylor Magazine Feature

USAA Magazine Backcover Spotlight

Dallas Morning News

Waco Today Magazine

Newspapers across America (Cong. Gold Medal Ceremony)

Daedalian Magazine

Waco Tribune Herald

Military Officer Magazine-Spotlight

Wacoan Magazine

Maxwell AFB Newspaper

Montgomery, Ala.  Newspaper

 

WRITER

 

STARS & STRIPES Special Edition on the WASP.

Fly Girls of WWII Traveling WASP Exhibit text

National WASP Museum permanent exhibits

Online articles and bios of WASP and leadership

“Brief History of the WASP” Video script

 

VOLUNTEER

 

Associate Director,  Wings Across America

Co-­‐founder: National WASP WWII Museum

Co-­‐producer, Fly Girls (Extensive WASP Exhibit)

SE Memorial Hospital, Houston, Texas (5000 hours)

Charter Member:  Waco Welcome Corps, Waco, Texas

Waco Historical Association

 

 

MILITARY SERVICE

 

B-­‐26 Air-­‐to-­‐Air Tow Target Pilot, Tyndall AFB, FL

Engineering Test Pilot, Greenville AFB, MS

Graduate, AAF Women’s Flying Training, Class 44-­‐W-­‐4

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

Women in Military Aviation

Women in Aviation, International

Air Force Association

United Services Automobile Association

Daedalians

 

 

 

HONORS

 

2015: Pioneer Hall of Fame, Women in Aviation International

US Congress: Congressional Gold Medal as part of the CAP in WWII 2014

Inducted: “EAGLE”, Gathering of Eagles, Maxwell AFB, Ala.  2011

U.S. Congress’ Congressional Gold Medal, 2010  as part of the WASP

Inductee: 99s Forest of Friendship

Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, 2005

‘Deanie Parrish Silver Wings Chapter’, Arnold Air Society, Texas Christian University

Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce “Spirit Of Women” Award

Phi Kappa Phi honor society

Name engraved on city statue of World War II veterans, Avon Park, Florida

 

EDUCATION

 

Avon Park High School, Valedictorian, 1939

University of Houston:  Summa Cum Laude, 1976

Honorary:  Baylor University: Alumni By Choice, 2001

 

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  • , Baylor University

    Wings Across America would not be possible with Baylor University's encouragement and support.  From camera equipment and enthusiastic interns in our first years to the office space and ongoing technical and accounting support, we are forever grateful.

     

    Thank You:

     

    Baylor University Film & Digital Media Department

     

        Dr. Michael Korpi, Film and Digial Media

        Dr. Corey Carbonara, Film and Digital Media

        Chief Engineer Ron Garrett, Film and Digital Media

        Dan Beard, Electronics & Technology Support

     

    Baylor University faculty and staff

     

    John M. Barry, VP for Marketing and Communications

    Dr. Ellie Caston, Director, Mayborn Museum Complex

    Col. Jeff Bowles, AFROTC

    Lois Ferguson:   Facility Planning & Construction

    Karen Griffiths:   ITS-Client Services

    Cindy Harriman: University Development

    Margaret Kramer, Office Manager,   Journalism, Public Relations and New Media

    Bill Lechner: Coordinator Of Network Special Projects

    Dr. Karla Leeper, Vice President for Executive Affairs and Chief of Staff to the President

    Tim Logan: Associate Vice President for Electronic Library

    Randy Morrison, Baylor Magazine

    Dr. Richard Scott, VP of University Development

    Larry Smith, Assistant Vice President for Gift Planning, University  Development

    Ginger Stone: University Development

    Dr. Nancy Upton, Baylor Business School

    Dr. Cheryl Warner, Asso, Dean of the Graduate School

     

    And to our original Honorary Chairman of the Board, Chancellor Herbert Reynolds

     

    Sic 'em!

     

     

  • , Additional Support

    TSTC:  Texas State Technical College, Waco:

        Dr. Elton E. Stuckly Jr., TSTC Waco President

    Dr. Tara Odom, Vice Chancellor for Resource Development

        Michael Bettersworth, Associate Vice Chancellor, Technology Advancement

    Bill Evridge, Director of Print Production, TSTC Print Shop

        Cathy Weinberger, The Idea Center

     

    Organizational Support:

    Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Project--providing resource materials

     and methodology for the WASP interviews.

    MOAA--Military Officers Association of America for above and beyond

     support of the campaign for the Congressional Gold Medal

    WIMSA--Women In Military Service For America Foundation for hosting

     the Fly Girls Exhibit at their magnificent memorial.

     

    Individual Support:

        John C. Truesdell, Undersecretary of the Air Force for Reserve Affairs, ret.

        Col. Christine Lafferty

        Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF

        Col. Brad Lafferty

        Gen. Linda McTague

        Lt. Col. Kristi Beckman, USAF

        Lt. Col. Roxi Dolphin,  USA

        Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland

        Rep. Chet Edwards, Texas

        Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida

     

    Wings Road Trips Support:

    Altus Air Force Base, Altus, OK

    Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, DC

    Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, LA

    Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, NM

    Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ

    Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, TX

    Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX

    Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, NM

    Hurlburt Field, Mary Esther, FL

    Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS

    Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM

    Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX

    Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, TX

    Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix, AZ

    MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL

    Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL

    Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL

    Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, TN

    Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO

    Patrick Air Force Base, Brevard County, FL

    Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX

    Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX

     

    The Lexington Hotel, Houston, TX

    The Kalamazoo Air Zoo, Kalamazoo, MI

    Marriott Courtyard, Chandler, AZ

    Chamber of Commerce, Apache Junction, AZ

    Rio Rocco Resort, Rio Rocco, AZ

    Super 8 Motel, Merrill, WI

  • , Volunteer Crew and Interns

    Professionals:

    *Mark Baird, Senior Producer, NASA/JSC

    *Michael Bettersworth, Texas State Technical College

    *David Cox, University of Texas at Austin

    Ryan Crowe, Producer, KXXV TV

    *Damon Crump, Jackalope Entertainment

    *Joani Livingstone, Production Manager, KWBU Public Television

    John Moraites, Videographer/Producer

    Barbara Moraites, Producer

    Mark Phillips, Production Assistant, KOCV

    *Kristi Presley, Producer, KWBU

    Shorty Stokes, Production Manager, KOCV

    *Jason Young, "Midnight Oil Music"

     

    National Volunteers

    Brig. Gen. Linda K. McTague

    *Claire Kultgen, AOPA/Maryland

    *Barby Williams, Texas

    *Brook Williams Henry, Boston

    Jeanne Godwin, Florida

    Honey Godwin, Tennessee

    Debbi Jennings, Washington

    Marie Brown, Pennsylvania

    Suzie Cooper, California

     

    Location Crew

    Valerie Wood

    Jesus Manuel Berzoza, KOCV

    Marilyn Smith, KOCV

    Adan Pena, KOCV

     

    *Baylor Alumni

     

    Baylor Student Interns:

    Natalie Burkholder

    Liz Hall

    Megan Lotowitz

    Megan Holland

    Rebecca Crowe

    Courtney MacNaught

    Sara Bastain

    Jennifer Hughes

    Tae Lee

    Joe Rivers

    Scott Coons

    Christina Jones

    Josh Pickering

    Rachael Hunt

    Tyson Stuart

     

     

    Baylor Advertising and Marketing Students

    Susan Cox

    Tracy Brown

    Joel Peel

    Brett Tatsumi

    Mitchell McGee

    Jenifer Deelaney

    Jennifer Webb

    Harrison Beasley

    Courtney Harvey

    Matthew McClard

     

    Baylor Kappa Kappa Gamma Volunteers

    Elizabeth Arnold

    Meliss Banks

    Ashley Beane

    Erin Bueller

    Candace Bennett

    Stephane Bloomfield

    Ashley Brandt

    Wesley Carlin

    Megan Clark

    Amanda Coleman

    Kimmy Cordfell

    Rebecca Cutbirth

    Kim Gor

    Lacee Graff

    Ristin Herbert

    Laura Johnson

    Mandi Lins

    Sara Luttrell

    Kim Mun

    Ryan McFarland

    Emily McWhorter

    Meredity Nichols

    Gretchen Stuckert

    Kimberly Skelton

    Lindsay Walston

    Jordon Wells

    Brook Williams

     

     

 

Nancy Parrish, Executive Director & Site Creator

254-307-2717  |   fax  866-275-4064

Wings Across America  |  1620 South Ninth Street  Waco, Texas 76710

email: nancy@wingsacrossamerica.org

Wings Across America is a non profit, 501 c3  project at Baylor University