Regional Director of Outreach and Admissions
Ashley believes that one of the many things that connects us all to each other is the need to be seen and to be heard. She is passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless and meeting individuals where they are at, without judgement. Ashley grew up in a suburb outside of Boston, Massachusetts where she later attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. After graduating, she worked at a private practice as an Operations Manager and Intake Coordinator, while training horses in her spare time. Ashley is not afraid to follow her dreams which has led her to travel, try new careers/hobbies, and live in numerous other states before settling down in her favorite city of San Diego. Throughout her travels, she found her passion for social advocacy.
Ashley has worked in the social services industry for several years as a case manager teaching homeless young adults independent living skills and as a Human Resource Specialist supporting employees that care for individuals with severe developmental disabilities. Ashley also has experience working at Kitsap Humane Society, where she supported and cared for homeless animals and educated local communities on improving animal welfare systems. This position led her to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with a focus on supporting dogs (and their humans) to heal and live healthier lives after experiencing trauma. Ashley believes that we are all more similar than different to one another, and her compassion extends to all living beings.
Ashley’s diverse background working in mental health, sales, Human Resources, and animal welfare has given her the skills to connect with others and to be a life-long learner.
When she is not working, Ashley can typically be found playing beach volleyball with her friends, practicing yoga, going on hikes with her dog Sadie, or planning her next travel adventure.