Leadership | Junior Achievement of Kansas

Junior Achievement of Kansas LEADERSHIP

Ashley Charest, IOM, CAE

Ashley Charest, IOM, CAE – President

Ashley Charest is President of Junior Achievement of Kansas since January 2018, but has been volunteering with JA since 2016. She has over 20 years of non-profit experience in working with Centric Management and Consulting followed most recently with the Greater Topeka Partnership. Ashley holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media, Public Relations, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Washburn University. She is also a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives and holds the Institute of Organizational Management designation from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Ashley is a member of the Leadership Greater Topeka Class of 2011, honored as a Top 20 Under 40 from the Jayhawk Area Boy Scouts and Graduate of the Last Decade from Washburn University in 2016, and in 2017 was named a Downtown Topeka Rising Leader.

In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with multiple organizations (CASA of Shawnee County, American Cancer Society, Junior League of Topeka, Topeka South Rotary, Greater Topeka Partnership, and Topeka Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Board), staying active with her daughters in Girl Scouts as a troop leader, and reading as many books as she can get her hands on. Ashley is married to Aaron, and mother to Ainsley and Alexandria.

Debbie Harman

Debbie Harman – District Director - Douglas County

Debbie Harman has been with Junior Achievement for over 30 years, starting out her career with JA at JA-USA in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She lives in Lawrence with her husband. 

Marci Werne

Marci Werne – District Director - Wichita

Marci Werne has been with Junior Achievement of Kansas for 11 years. She started her first year out of college, then returned in 2009 and has been here since! Marci holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Kansas. She lives in Wichita with her husband and three sons. 

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