FEATURED MOVER | Sharon Akers, St. John

Sharon Akers has been promoted to executive director of special projects with St. John Properties.

In her new role, she will work directly with Edward St. John, Chairman of the Board and Founder of St. John Properties. Her responsibilities will include focusing on implementation, management and oversight of priority initiatives and special projects.

Akers joined St. John Properties in 2007. In addition to her new role, Akers was also recently promoted to president of the Edward St. John Foundation where she is responsible for overseeing the direction and long-term vision of the foundation.

Sharon Akers, executive director of special projects with St. John Properties

Sharon Akers, executive director of special projects with St. John Properties


Resides in: 

Clarksville, Howard County


Bachelor of Science, journalism, University of Maryland, College Park; Specialty Certification, Governmental & Urban Public Relations

What’s your No. 1 goal for the Edward St. John Foundation now that you take on the duties of president?

My goal is to maximize the impact of the Foundation’s funding, focusing our support on formal educational programs that are unique, sustainable, measurable, and replicable.

If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?

I love what I do and can’t imagine another profession!  I have always had an interest in the medical field.  Fortunately, I’m able to be involved with medicine and health-related initiatives through participation on various medical boards.

Favorite vacation: 

Africa, especially during safaris in Botswana and Zimbabwe.

When I want to relax, I …: 

I get on the back of a horse and ride the trails!  It’s always been a love and catharsis, a true release for me.  As Sir Winston Churchill allegedly said, “There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” or woman!

Favorite book: 

I’m currently reading, “Younger Next Year,” by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.  I find it interesting and look forward to implementing their recommendations!

Favorite quotation:

It’s from a poem by Linda Ellis entitled “The Dash.”  On your tombstone, your life is represented by two dates and a dash, the day you were born and the day you pass with a dash in between.  What matters most was how you spent your time during your “dash” and the impact you had in relation to your life and the lives of others.  So, “Live your dash – make every moment matter!”

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One comment

  1. Thank you for quoting our poem! Live your Dash!!

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