Rocky Parker, Ph.D.
JMU Department of Biology
Rocky is an assistant professor of biology at James Madison University and lives in Staunton with his
husband, Steve McCormick, who is an associate professor of French at Washington and Lee University. They are both passionate advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and have lived in this area of Virginia since the summer of 2015.
Rocky has been involved at multiple levels of service to the LGBTQ+ community, including currently being a facilitator for Safe Zone training at JMU and spearheading the formation of the Diversity Committee for a national scientific society. He has also developed, delivered, and administered programming in queer relationships and safe sex in high school and college environments.
In small and large organizations, Rocky has extensive experience in fundraising via donor recruitment and relations as well as bookkeeping and reporting. As a cis-identified gay man who grew up in rural Arkansas, Rocky empathizes with the narratives he has heard in the Shenandoah Valley and is highly motivated to do what he can to support the diverse queer people living here.
The inaugural Staunton Pride was a watershed moment for the community here, and Rocky is excited to contribute broadly to the success of the Shenandoah LGBTQ+ Center. Our experiences as queer people are quite varied, but a community organized around a physical home in which we can come together to learn, seek help, and share will enable us all to live happier, fuller lives.