Junior Achievement of Abilene LEADERSHIP
Sarah Franz – Executive Director
Jeannette Gist – Education Manager
Growing up, I wanted to be an … astronaut
My favorite quote is … "When you learn, teach. When you get, give." Dr. Maya Angelou
When I'm not at work, I … love spending time with my family, reading, watching Broadway productions and traveling almost anywhere.
What I remember most about elementary school is ... the dedicated educators and the friendships that endure to this day.
I love working at JA because … I believe in the mission and I love the company culture!
Learn more about Jeannette …
My greatest joy in life- without a doubt – is my marriage to my high school sweetheart, Randy and our children, Bryce, Zack, Bree, Alexa and our son-in-law, Jay. We have four (yes, four) rescue dogs who provide us with endless entertainment and unconditional love. I adore the Abilene area, because it is comprised of some of the most wonderfully generous people who are consistently, demonstratively dedicated to this community and it's children. It absolutely takes my breath away to consider what the people of this community have created and improved, that will benefit this region, for generations to come. I hope to play even a small role in the good work that is going on, in this area through my work here at JA.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
My passion is connecting people with the resources that make a sustainable difference in their lives.
I am optimistic that the knowledge and skills I have acquired over the course of my career, as a director of student recruitment, a director of children and family ministries and as a program director in the state's healthy marriage initiative have equipped me to serve in my new role at JA.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."