Dee (Darlene) Parsons
She grew up in Salem, Massachusetts and is the granddaughter of a Russian immigrant. Her family was only nominally religious and she became a Christian at the age of 17 during an episode of Star Trek. She has lived in Rochester, NY, Gallup, New Mexico and Dallas, Texas but is now a true, blue North Carolinian. She has been told the difference between a Yankee and a damn Yankee is the damn Yankee never leaves.
She holds a BSN from Russell Sage College and an MBA from the University of Rochester. She worked for 10 years as a public health nurse. She primarily spent time practicing in low-income areas and spent two glorious years as a public health nurse for the Navajo Tribe. She is also a trained hospice nurse. After obtaining her MBA she worked for Glaxo, a pharmaceutical company.
She has been at home raising her three children for the past 23 years and has been married to her husband, a physician, for 30 years. She has spent much time tutoring children in low-income areas and has volunteered at the Office of International Affairs in Dallas. Her church activities have been numerous. She has led small groups, been the head of a women's ministry and taught adult Sunday school both alone and along with her husband.
She is a proponent of the Fixed Point Foundation which is committed to publicly defending Christianity through education, events, and the development of innovative resources that empower Christians and challenge skeptics. Her husband and she also support the work of Christian Medical Dental Association and the American Scientific Affiliation.
She has a particular interest in church history, how science and faith complement one another and systematic theology. She particularly likes to chat with atheists, Hindus, Mormons and anyone brave enough to ring her doorbell. She gets very testy when anyone insists on making secondary issues primary.
She is addicted to science fiction, mysteries, pug dog rescue and is quite sad that "24" is no longer on television. Update: 5/13/13- 24 is going to return to TV. YAY!!!!! However, she has great hope for Falling Skies. She loves to cook, garden and travel and has visited over 45 national parks but adamantly refuses to sleep in a tent.