Tina Parker

A Photo of Tina ParkerTina Parker currently serves as Philanthropy Officer at Berea College, covering a portion of Florida, New England, Texas, and Virginia from the Blue Ridge to the Appalachian plateau. She joined the Alumni, Communications and Philanthropy team in 2021. Tina has six years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and 20 years of experience as a writing professional and educator, having recently taught poetry at Berea College.

Tina is a strong advocate for the transformative power of education and is from a family of educators. It was in college that she learned her homeplace has a name—Appalachia. She has deep roots in the region: her parents are from West Virginia, she grew up in southwest Virginia, and she attended college in east Tennessee. Her undergraduate education kindled a lifelong passion for storytelling that embraces the musical cadences which make her region distinct. She is excited to bring this passion to Berea College, and she can’t wait to build relationships that will make quality education a reality for students from Appalachia and beyond. She is a proud member of Berea’s Great Commitments Society.

Tina moved to Kentucky when she was awarded a James Still Fellowship to earn a Master’s in English at the University of Kentucky. She also earned a Master’s in Education from UK and taught public school in Kentucky and in New York City. A long-time resident of Berea, Tina is the author of three poetry collections and a member of the Women of Appalachia project.

Tina and her college sweetheart, Jason Bailey, were married in the mountains of east Tennessee and now live within shouting distance of Berea College. They have two daughters, Iris and Opal, and a small but mighty yorkie named Eugene.


At Berea, we believe talented students should not miss out on a high-quality education just because they cannot afford rising tuition costs. No Berea student pays tuition. The Berea Fund touches the lives of every Berea College student in so many ways and enables the great mission of the College by completing the tuition scholarship every student receives.

An endowment gift demonstrates your enduring commitment to Berea College by providing lasting support for tuition scholarships, professorships, campus programming, and more. Contact us to learn how you can craft your philanthropic legacy with an endowment gift.

Guaranteed income for you. Guaranteed opportunities for our students.  Invest in a charitable gift annuity at Berea College and earn the return of a lifetime: fixed income for life and a legacy of providing a tuition-free college education to high-achieving students of limited means.

Intercollegiate and intramural athletics contribute to a healthy lifestyle and sense of belonging, camaraderie, and pride for all students. Institutional data show that participation in athletics improves student retention, and Berea athletes consistently earn a GPA of at least 3.0. For these reasons and more, Berea plans to build an indoor athletics practice facility for soccer, baseball, and softball. Your gift will help students succeed on the field and in the classroom. Contact us to learn more.

Contact Tina by calling 859-985-3608 or emailing parkerc2@berea.edu