Teresa Parson, First Lady of Missouri, brings to her role as First Lady the experience of being a mother, grandmother, businesswomen, volunteer, and advocate. After working 40 years in the banking industry, Teresa retired to become even more involved in her community. She has served on the boards of the 30th Circuit Juvenile Detention Center Board, A+ Program, Industrial Development Authority, Bolivar Educational Advancement Foundation, Bolivar Chamber of Commerce, and has volunteered for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Teresa has a strong commitment to education. She and Governor Parson work with at-risk high schoolers as co-chairs of the Board of Directors for Jobs for America’s Graduates-Missouri, Inc. (JAG-Missouri). Together they highlight the importance of education to the next generation of leaders, as well as financial literacy and money management. She is also a dedicated advocate for special needs children.
As First Lady, Teresa has made the Governor’s Mansion, which she calls the People’s House, more accessible to the public through a variety of events and special occasions.
Teresa is the proud mother of two children and five grandchildren. When in her hometown of Bolivar, the First Lady spends time with her lifelong friends and worships as a member at the First Baptist Church.