After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in psychology, Ashley began her career in social services at a domestic violence shelter on the coast of Mississippi as a daycare provider. She soon became a case manager for an average of 25 women. “This is where I developed a strong compassion for children in crisis, and learned that my life goal was to advocate for children in one way or another,” she says, noting that although she grew up with “a lack of biological family love and values,” she was blessed with positive role models who substituted for what her own life lacked.
“I later realized that working in this field was my purpose in life, my way to make a ripple in a big pond and to pay it forward.”
This past year, the Southern belle migrated to the Front Range of Colorado in search of a better quality of life. “By God’s grace I was hired at Hope & Home with a feeling that this is where I needed to be, without a full understanding why,” she says. “I later realized that working in this field was my purpose in life, my way to make a ripple in a big pond and to pay it forward.” She loves that she is able to fulfill her mission while working with “amazing people” like the Hope & Home foster parents she supports on a daily basis in her role as a home supervisor.
Outside of work, Ashley is in perpetual motion pursuing interests such as archery, painting, sketching, journaling, music and hiking.
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