Ellen Holley Burnette is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Montevallo, Ellen spent two years teaching English in Kyoto, Japan.
In 1994, Ellen and her husband, Rick, were appointed as Field Personnel with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Serving in northern Thailand, they established the Upland Holistic Development Project, an NGO that continues to offer services related to agriculture and community development among hill tribe minority groups along the Thai-Myanmar border.
In 2009, the Burnettes established an international office in Chiang Mai, Thailand for ECHO, a Florida-based international development agency. Returning to the US in 2013, Ellen served as ECHO's Retail Manager.
In 2017, the Burnettes established Cultivate Abundance.