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.

 

DESIGNER:

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

Writer, graphic artist, designer, book: “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.

 

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.

 

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

 E X P E R I E N C E

 

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.

 

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

 

Women In Aviation International: Pioneer Hall of Fame, 2015

 

“Spirit of Cochran Award,” 2008 -- given at the last organized WASP Convention 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