Arminta Jacobson Professional of the Year Award

2013 Award Winner-Elaine Shiver

Elaine Shiver is the State Leader of the Texas Parents as Teachers Program, an international educational program for parents of children ages prenatal to five. Sponsored by the Mental Health America of Texas and provided through various school districts, and community organizations throughout the state, Parents as Teachers has received strong support from foundations, corporations and other community organizations.

Ms. Shiver has been an advocate for children's services as staff member and volunteer for more than thirty years. She has a Master of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington with an emphasis in Administration and Planning. She was previously with the Department of Human Services in Protective Services to Children and has served twenty seven years in her current position.

Present and past board positions include the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc., the  Dallas Child Guidance Clinic (past president and life member), Suicide & Crisis Center, The ARC of Dallas (past vice-president), Mental Health Association of Dallas (past president), the Mental Health Association in Texas (past vice-president), Texas Association for Infant Mental Health, and the Infant Advocacy Council of Texas (past chair).  She has also been a member of advisory boards for the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of North Texas, and the Dana Center/University of Texas.  Ms. Shiver has served on the Central Allocations Committee of the United Way of Dallas and is a National Trainer for the Parents as Teachers National Center.


Established in 2009, the Arminta Jacobson Professional of the Year Award will be awarded to that professional who meets the criteria listed below:

  • Service to the profession of parent education that has had an established pattern of impact for at least five years.
  • Scope of service by this professional in the field of parent education would be at the state and/or national level.
  • This profesional would have an established track record as a mentor, practitioner and/or a scholar in the field of parent education.