Charlotte & Virginia Parker - Return to Joy
Left to right: Virginia Parker, Charlotte Parker


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Charlotte Parker


Sixth generation Texans, Charlotte and Virginia Parker were both born and raised in Houston, Texas. Charlotte, the elder of the two sisters, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a teaching certificate to teach Art in secondary school in 1967. After graduation, she spent a year in New York exploring and enjoying the wine bistros of Manhattan before settling in Dallas, Texas. She opened what proved to be one of the most successful restaurants in Dallas with her long-time friend and business partner, Kathy McDaniel. In 1989, she received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from UT Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. She splits her time between her home in Dallas, Texas which she shares with her husband, Ron Schenk, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, and her ranch in Palo Pinto County.


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Virginia Parker


Virginia Parker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1970 from the University of Tulsa. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Colorado, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Virginia is Metropolitan State College of Denver Professor Emeritus, where she taught for twenty-two years and served as the Accounting Department Chair. She also taught for five years at the University of Colorado. Virginia lives on a ranch near Red Lodge, Montana.