Janice Parker

Class of 1963

After graduating from Donnelly (as Janice Curls), Janice Parker earned a bachelor’s degree from UMKC in 1965. She began work as a counselor for Neighborhood Youth Corps working for Catholic Charities. In 1968, she married a young Air Force Captain, Franklin Parker. In 1973, she was named Director of the Taylor Business Institute, a private career school in Chicago. In 1986, she and a partner bought the Taylor Business Institute and in 1987, she bought out her partner. Janice served on Donnelly’s Board of Trustees from 2012-2015.

“When I graduated from Donnelly, I was ready, confident in my own might, with no more bracing required. I didn’t know it then, but looking back at my 20-year-old self, Donnelly gave me everything I needed. I had earned my wings. I could fly.”  

Janice Parker was inducted in 2016.