A native Washingtonian (the chill state out west, not the tense and confusing district out east), Parker Smitherman’s parents for some reason felt what he really needed in high-school was in Wichita, Kansas. Upon graduation, he fled Wichita and attended SMU because ‘it offered a slightly lower tornadic environment’. His inherent ability to make strong decisions like these led him to Republic where he currently assists inside our vault. When not doing all the important things that go on there (we’d explain but there are rules similar to those associated with sharing transcendental meditation mantras), Parker usually can be found backpacking. Most of the time outdoors.