Board Member Focus: Joan P. Parkhurst

The Tulsa Community College Foundation is proud to highlight the contributions of Joan P. Parkhurst, Chief Financial Officer of Paragon Films, Inc.

She became a member of the TCC Foundation in 2006 and joined the steering committee for the TCC Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner honoring Michael Johnson. In 2011, she once again participated in the steering committee to honor Lynn and Stacy Schusterman, which raised record-breaking funds for the TCC Foundation.  

Parkhurst and her husband, Jerry, are charter members of the TCC President’s Society, which was founded in 2010. She has been involved with the College since 1996 after joining the Advisory Committee for the Accounting Faculty, on which she continues to serve.

Passionate about education, she has devoted time to students of all ages through donating to Project Elf, volunteering and raising funds for Street School, and working on committees for TCC Foundation.

“I received an amazing education at an outstanding girl’s high school,” she said.  “By volunteering and tutoring in low income areas during that time, I was struck with how fortunate I was to be afforded this education.

“When I arrived at Miami University in Ohio, I immediately signed up to tutor and work in the Big Sister Program. By the time I graduated, I was assigned not only the young female student but also her entire family. I watched the family transition from migrant farm workers with limited access to education to the first member of the family being accepted to college. At that time, I realized how valuable education truly was.

“TCC’s program, Tulsa Achieves, fulfills this need for our students in the Tulsa community and embodies my passion for continuing education.”

Parkhurst volunteers on the board of directors of Tulsa Industrial Authority for the City of Tulsa, Meals on Wheels Advisory Board and fundraising, Street School’s Board of Advocates, and Paragon’s Charitable Trust. She has served as President of the local chapter of Financial Executive’s International, and remains actively involved, including her involvement in the national Private Company Forum and Tax Fairness Coalition.

She graduated from Miami of Ohio and after extensive travels abroad, moved to Tulsa. This past spring, she attended the Women’s Leadership Forum through Harvard’s Executive Program and plans to continue training at Harvard next year.  Following 16 years with Cities Service and Occidental Petroleum, she joined Paragon Films in 1990.