Played by Shirley Amauric.
The wonderful Shirley Amauric portrayed Admiral Shelly Parker in Starship Valiant: Legacy. Some have expressed “concerns,” over her style of leadership and questioned just why she pushed Bishop so hard to command the USS Valiant when he was indeed reluctant to take command. What isn’t revealed in the film is that Admiral Parker was like a surrogate mother to a much younger Bishop and watched over him after his mother’s passing. Parker not only sponsored him in the Academy but she also became very much attached to him as well. Check out her biography below in the Starship Valiant universe, if you missed it before.
Admiral Shelly J. Parker is a senior admiral and has been for over 12 years at the time of the Suculon Treaty in 2268. She came from a wealthy family and her grandfather actually served under President Johnathan Archer in the old days. Her family prides themselves on their military service and she is no exception. Parker’s career spans many years of dedicated and honorable service for Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets.
She worked her way up from a lowly ensign, then captain, commodore and finally an admiral. She has the distinction of being the first female starship captain and commanded the very first Constitution class starship, the USS Constitution upon its initial launch in 2240. She commanded the earliest incarnation of these ships which would become the vanguards of the Federation and paved the way for early deep space exploration.
Parker became instrumental in early space exploration and has overseen many events in the development of the United Federation of Planets. She shared close relationships with Sarek of Vulcan, Richard Daystrom, Jacob W. Bishop and many others. Her esteem as a representative of the Federation is unrivaled and many outside species will only deal with her when it comes to communicating with Starfleet. At a time her popularity was such that many saw her as a face of the Federation and pushed her to run for President but at the present time she is reluctant to pursue that avenue.
Many treaties of peace have been negotiated by her including her most recent settlement with the Suculon Empire, instigated by a Commander Jackson K. Bishop. Though Bishop began the peace process, it was Parker who negotiated the ceasefire and finalized the treaty, which ended 150 years of hostility between the two warring factions of Suculon. Being good friends with the Bishop family, especially the wife of Jackson’s father, upon her death Parker felt a maternal instinct for their only son. She sponsored and followed Bishop’s career and stood in as almost a surrogate mother. He became more than another young officer to her and she took pride in the fact that his career was headed in the right direction. Few people know the reasons behind her motivations to “keep an eye,” on Bishop but being so close to his mother, upon her death she made a promise to look after him when she died. She continues to fulfill that promise to her close friend.
Admiral Parker shares her life with a loving husband of 50 years and has three children. She is looked upon as an early pioneer in Starfleet and has a career to match. She can be intensely stern and at times and almost motherly to those she cares for, although she rarely drops her guard. Her accomplishments are enormous and Starfleet regards her as one of the most important persons in the service.
“I wanted a strong female in the lead role speaking for Starfleet and mainly I wanted this character because although we can assume that women played a much larger role in Starfleet at the time of the original series, we just never saw it. Parker was my way of telling the audience that women are just as intelligent and vital to our society as men and that they have so much to offer us. Here we have a female character that has come full circle. She’s commanded a starship, she’s obviously seen many battles and she can rough it up with the best men. She’s got a sense of wisdom and so much to offer. I’m very proud of the character and I think that both women and men can celebrate her diversity and what she stands for which is ultimately… equality.” – Michael L. King.