Pam Abbott grew up in central Nebraska (Lexington). After graduating from UNK with a degree in education, she met her husband, Mike, while teaching in Alliance, married, and then moved to his family’s cow/calf ranching operation in Cherry County. They have three grown children, Harrison (Omaha), Maggie (Chicago), and Emily (Denver).
Abbott’s life and career involve varied education experiences, including teaching in public schools, preschool, middle management at an educational and employment testing corporation in Illinois, and a school board treasurer. Abbott is currently a member and former chair of the Keith County Foundation Fund in Ogallala, a member of both the Administrative and Planned Giving and Future Needs committees at the Ogallala United Methodist Church, member of the International Literacy Association, and member of the Keith County Communities for Kids steering committee.
Abbott returned to rural Nebraska 20 years ago, following ten years in Lincoln and central Illinois. She appreciates and values the quality of life and experiences that Ogallala has afforded her family. Abbott’s passion lies in connecting and unleashing talents that lie within communities through charitable giving, engagement, and partnerships, together creating a greater Nebraska. Abbott has been involved with her local affiliated fund since 2011.