Brevard Resident Melissa Parker Talks About Representing Florida at Mrs. America Pageant
By Space Coast Daily // September 10, 2018
cofounder of Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: The Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson talks with Mrs. Florida Melissa Parker on Space Coast Daily TV about her exciting week in Las Vegas representing the Sunshine State in the Mrs. America Pageant. Melissa also talked about the Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development and the upcoming Be A Buddy 5K and Fitness Expo set for Oct. 13 at Wickham Park in Melbourne.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson caught up with Mrs. Florida Melissa Parker on Space Coast Daily TV to talk about her exciting week in Las Vegas in August representing the Sunshine State in the Mrs. America Pageant.
Melissa also talked about the Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development and the upcoming Be A Buddy 5K and Fitness Expo set for Oct. 13 at Wickham Park in Melbourne.
Melissa, along with husband Ted, founded The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development in January 2015 to take a more hands-on approach to serve families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities – families like their very own.
Competing as Mrs. Melbourne, Melissa won the title of Mrs. Florida at the 2018 pageant held earlier this year at the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando Florida. She said she uses the platform to reach a broader audience for autism awareness and to inspire others to give back in their communities.
As Mrs. Florida, Melissa represented the state well in the 42nd Annual Mrs. America Pageant held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in August. This pageant was first held in 1938 and this year 52 women competed for the chance to represent the United States in the Mrs. World Pageant.
Melissa came to the Space Coast area through the military when her father was transferred to Patrick Air Force Base in 1987. A graduate of Satellite High School, she obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse from Eastern Florida State College and worked in the acute care settings at Homes Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital until the birth of her son.
In 2008 Melissa established Precision Screening, Inc., a background screening, education, and employment verification organization where she currently serves clients both at a local and national level. She keeps her nursing license active, so that she may use her expertise to advocate for children and families affected by autism.
Ted and Melissa have two children ages 9 and 12. They are both avid boaters and tennis players and love spending time enjoying the beautiful Florida weather.
Through their three fully funded programs, “Speak Through Sports,” “Speak Through Arts” and “Speak Through Education,” they are working to enrich the lives of and bridge the gap between children with autism, their families, and the community in which we live.
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