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Junior Achievement of Abilene LEADERSHIP

Sharon Earnest

Sharon Earnest – Executive Director

Sharon Earnest – Executive Director

Growing up, I wanted to be an… Missionary and Police Officer/Criminologist.

If I owned a business, it would be… Super Errands, I enjoy staying busy and running errands, so why not do it for others? Seems like a good fit.

My favorite quote is … "To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world", Quote by Bill Wilson

When I'm not at work, I love being a Mammaw, traveling, hunting, reading a good book and playing with MYMonsterPuppy…aka Hadley, she's a giant Standard Poodle.

What I remember most about elementary school is... the lifelong friends that I made and Science class.

If I could have any job for one day, I would want to be… Criminologist! I really enjoy the science of it all.

I love working at JA because… Knowing that I can play a small part of helping development the minds of children, be a positive role model and help them become successful adults is a lifelong reward.  Also, knowing that our students can one day positively influence our community by using their foundation in economic skills learned through Junior Achievement!

Plus JA has the best volunteers!

Learn more about Sharon…

Is a Texas native.  Born in Sweetwater and lived all over Texas growing up.  She moved to Abilene in early of 1983 and pursued a career in engineering with General Dynamics/Lockheed for 13 years.  In 1996 went to work for the American Heart Association for 10 years. Sharon grew there and became the Regional Director. In 2005 she joined the CPA Firm – Condley and Company, LLP as Marketing/Business Development Manager.  Sharon graduated with Honors and earned three degrees from Wayland Baptist University; a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Education, an Associates in Business Law and an Associates in Occupational Technology.  Her passion is to always be kind, it doesn't take an ounce of energy!  In January 2020, Sharon began her career with Junior Achievement!!!!

Sharon has two sons – Slade and Kyler, two daughters-in-law – Rachel and Shelby and 5 grandchildren, 3 boys- Kyle, Mason and Aedan and two girls- Ellie and Emmy. 

She is an avid hunter and really enjoys traveling and spending time with her dog Hadley.

Erin Palmer

Erin Palmer – Education Manager

Growing up, I wanted to be a … teacher or pet shop owner. 

If I owned a business, it would be … well, I do already own a photography business. If I could choose to own any other business, it would probably be an interior decorating business. 

My favorite quote is … My favorite quotes come from two of the most prolific writers - Dr. Suess and Winnie the Pooh. We can stand to learn a lot from them. But I think one of my most favorites is from Dr. Suess, "Because when you stop to and look around, this life is pretty amazing."

When I'm not at work, I'm … spending time with my three children and my husband. We are often at the baseball field or volleyball gym, at the movies, playground, or hanging out with our good friends. 

What I remember most about elementary school is ... my teachers. A teacher's impact reaches far beyond one year in the classroom. 

If I could have any job for one day, I would want to be … a producer on the Ellen show! I think I would never ever stop laughing. It would be wonderful! 

I love working at JA because … I'm new here! But, I'm so eager to help students around the Big Country see the importance of job readiness, investing in your community, financial literacy, and more at a young age. I can't imagine where I would be today if I had had these resources at their age. JA is doing wonderful things in our community. 


Learn more about Erin …

Erin spent her young childhood in Granbury, Texas but moved to Abilene at the age of 11 where she attended Lincoln Middle School. Once graduated from Abilene High School, she attended Texas Tech University where she majored in Human Development and Family Studies. Married in 2002, Erin & her husband, Tim, soon moved back to Abilene to be near family. Erin worked in a non-profit with foster children for a few years until they had their first child, Aubrey. Eli was born 3 years later. At this point, she began a photography business so she would be able to work from home. E. Lindsey Photography has now been around since 2010. In 2015, their youngest son, Quinn was born. Their children have attended Austin Elementary and Aubrey now attends Mann Middle School where her father also teaches Theatre Arts. 

Erin enjoys most all music (except maybe scream-o), a Starbucks Chai latte, loves a West Texas sunset, and a beach view. She loves Abilene and its people. You'll find her at Target most any day there are a few extra dollars in her pocket. And spending quality time with her family is her most favorite thing! 

Erin sees the importance of the public school system, teachers, and early intervention daily. She sees her opportunity to work for JA as a big responsibility and is eager to invest in her community in a new way. 

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
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    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
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    -Junior Achievement Student

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