Parker was born and raised in Washington, NC before moving to the Triangle to attend St. Mary's College and UNC Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in business. In her business career, she worked in sales and marketing for Citysearch.com selling online advertising as well as hiring, training, and managing sales representatives in the RDU office. Parker later joined the Citysearch Rollout Sales Team in Pasadena, CA traveling to expand offices in other markets.
Parker and George York were married in 2000 and have three sons: Smedes, Bowen and Crawford. She spends as much time as possible volunteering in the community for organizations such as St. Michael's Parish Day School, Fred A. Olds Elementary, St. Mary's School, St. Savior's Center, Stop Hunger Now, Carolina Ballet, and Christ Church where she has been teaching Sunday School for the past 7 years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for York Properties, Inc. and McDonald York Building Company. She takes pride in her most important work, at home, supporting her husband of 15 years and raising their three boys.