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.
Executive Director, Wings Across America
254.366.1436 | email@example.com
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: "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
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.”
Deanie Bishop Parrish
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.
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
"We Got the Stuff, the Right Stuff" (A WASP Rap--sharing the history of the WASP in rap)
NPR “Weekend Edition”
Fox News Weekend
NBC Today Show
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)
Waco Tribune Herald
Military Officer Magazine-Spotlight
Maxwell AFB Newspaper
Montgomery, Ala. Newspaper
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
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
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
Women in Military Aviation
Women in Aviation, International
Air Force Association
United Services Automobile Association
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
Avon Park High School, Valedictorian, 1939
University of Houston: Summa Cum Laude, 1976
Honorary: Baylor University: Alumni By Choice, 2001
Wings Across America would not be possible without 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.
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
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
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.
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
*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"
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
Jesus Manuel Berzoza, KOCV
Marilyn Smith, KOCV
Adan Pena, KOCV
Baylor Student Interns:
Baylor Advertising and Marketing Students
Baylor Kappa Kappa Gamma Volunteers
Nancy Parrish, Executive Director & Site Creator
Wings Across America | 1620 South Ninth Street Waco, Texas 76710
Wings Across America is a non profit, 501 c3 project at Baylor University