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Staff feature: Amy Parks

Staff Feature: Amy Parks

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Amy grew up in the Edmore area, about 40 miles southeast of Big Rapids. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 30 years and has 2 children, Justin and Megan! Amy enjoys spending time with her family and her huskies. She also enjoys scrapbooking, shopping with her daughter, going on motorcycle rides with her husband and traveling. Her favorite trips were to Hawaii and Alaska.

Amy started her career at Ferris in 2011 and joined the Dean’s Office at MCO in 2015. She came to MCO with over 20 years’ of experience working in education in a central office environment where, although her responsibilities were slightly different, the interactions were similar. At MCO, Amy’s main responsibility is making arrangements for admissions, including scheduling and meeting with the prospective students, along with our student ambassadors. She enjoys hearing the stories the applicants share about their journey towards optometry, and she hopes this initial connection helps put them at ease if future assistance is
needed as they make this transition.


Amy's Three Huskies

Amy is also responsible for numerous tasks pertaining to student activities, course scheduling, and assisting the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Amy thoroughly enjoys interacting with the students in every aspect of their time at MCO and attempts to contribute to each student’s experience positively.


Amy's family at her daughter's wedding

Amy witnesses first-hand the impact alumni can have on current MCO students, whether it be job shadowing, alumni presentations, or the desperately needed longterm scholarship support. Amy states that it is only by supporting students and future colleagues can the optometry profession continue to grow and thrive.