JaKela Parker is the Financial Control Director for DSM North America. She is responsible for implementing the financial control strategy for the region. In this role, she leads a team that supports and executes key finance and accounting processes including the financial close, budgeting and forecasting, and management reporting for the region.
She has nearly 15 years of diverse experience, with the last 3.5 at DSM. Before transitioning to her current role, she spent three years in finance leadership roles in DSM’s medical device business. Prior to joining DSM, she held positions of increasing levels of responsibility across multiple disciplines including Audit, Finance, Sales, and Human Resources at Dentsply Sirona International and Eli Lilly & Company.
She has a passion for helping others. She provides mentorship and support to colleagues through both formal and informal channels. She has volunteered with various nonprofits, many with a focus on serving youth. She has served as a volunteer tutor and ESL teacher for children and adults. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation. She also serves as the Treasurer for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
JaKela earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Howard University.
2018 TWIn Honorees
URSULA HOUSE SIDBERRY
ELSA YURIKO TSUJI