Local to the area, born and raised in Marion, NC, Ashley studied special education and recreation management at Appalachian State University. She is attending the MSW program at WCU, starting in fall 2021, to become a LCSW. Ashley plans to continue to work with individuals with varied abilities as a licensed expressive arts therapist. She enjoys hiking with her dog and roller skating. Ashley is a newbie to ceramics, and she is learning keyboard.