Wayne D. Parker, Ph.D.
Wayne has had a lifelong passion for international education, beginning with being an exchange student in France while in high school. This experience produced an appreciation for cultural differences, love of the French language and later, a determination to discover how teaching, counseling, research and philanthropy can intersect in an individual’s career.
Helping people has always been a priority for Wayne. He earned a BA in psychology and French from Michigan State, an MA from Michigan State in mental health of school children, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in educational psychology with emphases in tests and measurement and program evaluation. He has taught at the college level in Austria, Mexico and Venezuela. He also has worked as a mental health clinician with a focus on families and adolescents.
Wayne has been a Senior Researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he conducted external evaluations of educational programs for the gifted and conducted research on the personality and adjustment of gifted youth. His research at Hopkins was awarded three times with the Mensa International Award for Research Excellence.
From there, he relocated to the Phoenix area to become part of the founding staff of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the largest philanthropy in Arizona. For 15 years, he was the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Trust, where he assessed scores of nonprofits in early childhood, adolescence, education, health care, geriatrics and arts and culture.
Wayne’s volunteer involvement in civil rights and voter registration organizing, labor organizing, the anti-war movement and being a political operative has underscored for him “the need for setting goals, defining success and assessing impact, which has permeated most of my professional life.” Wayne has served on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, Michigan, Arizona Grantmakers Forum, International Rescue Committee and Ending Homelessness Advisory Committee. He also is the co-founder of Arizona Feral Cats.
Wayne currently resides in France.