Parkinson has been a member of the Alverno staff since 2005. She was promoted to the college's associate director of athletics in 2015 after serving as assistant director of athletics since 2008. She also serves as senior woman administrator and compliance coordinator for the department.
Prior to working at Alverno, Parkinson was the assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming teams at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for six years. In that span, she coached over 20 individual and relay conference champions, two conference championship teams, and the first NCAA provisional qualifiers for both the men's and women's teams.
As a four-year letter winner on UWM's swim team, she became the first athlete to capture an individual women's conference title, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1997. She repeated as conference champ in 1998 and was runner-up her senior season in 1999.
Her college accolades include two All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference team selections (1997-98), three All-MCC Academic Team honors (1997-99), team Rookie of the Year (1996), team MVP (1997), and two-time team Scholar Athlete (1998-99). Additionally, she was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1997.
A native of Wisconsin Rapids, Parkinson was twice named to the all-state swimming team and received two all-conference honors in softball at Lincoln High School.
She was named to the halls of fame at Lincoln H.S. and UWM in 2008.
Parkinson received her bachelor's degree in English from UWM in 1999 and her master's degree in counseling from Lakeland College in 2009. She resides in West Bend with her husband and daughters.