Dexter Parrish was born and raised in Nashville, TN, where he graduated high school and
completed his bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Theater from Tennessee State
University. Upon graduation, he enlisted into the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.
As a Corpsman, he took on various jobs in the medical field to include Intensive Care Corpsman,
Surgical Ophthalmic Technician, Field Medical Service Technician, and Naval Instructor. His
career included two deployments: Okinawa/Mt. Fuji and a combat deployment to Iraq in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon retiring from the Navy as a Chief Hospital Corpsman, he
moved to the Bay Area and found himself drawn to work with the homeless community as a
Case Manager for Veterans, a Benefits Specialist, and Homeless Shelter Supervisor. Being a
lifelong learned, he pursued and earned his master’s degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon
University in 2019. Dexter has a passion for working with youth and high school sports
programs, including football, fastpitch softball, strength and conditioning, and speed and agility
training. His hobbies include reading, cooking (eating), and many outdoor activities.