Team Member Profile

Carl Parra, Jr.

Process Improvement Specialist

Carl supports all aspects of OPS business and technical operations, including coordination of day-to-day financial and office activities. He also supports selected process improvement projects as a Process Improvement Assistant, operating under the supervision of senior members of the team. He is working to master the skills required to become a Process Improvement Specialist, and since joining the team in May, 2015, has become certified to teach a portion of the OPS Introduction to Lean class and to support all associated classroom exercises and simulations.

Prior to joining OPS, Carl was the Assistant Facilities Manager for River Valley Ranch of Manchester, Maryland. In this capacity, he managed vendors and contractors for this organization in Carroll County, Maryland, which serves over 20,000 youth and adults annually as a summer youth camp, retreat facility, outdoor education center, and a destination for exciting seasonal events in a distinctly Christian and wholesome family atmosphere. River Valley Ranch is a non-profit ministry, a part of Peter& John Ministries, Inc., a registered 501 (c)3 non-profit religious organization. Prior to his promotion to Assistant Facilities Manager, Carl had served as an Intern and a Summer Staff Coordinator.

Carl has a lifelong interest in teaching, coaching, and servant leadership. He is currently a Youth Leader for Lifepoint Church, Reisterstown, Maryland where he teaches a weekly Bible study for high school students. He was previously the Group Leader for a small group of male students at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, where he focused on fostering healthy relationships while developing confidence and accountability.

Carl has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.