Grants & Veteran Advocacy
Ashley is a mental health advocate for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families ensuring access to proper resources that will provide the best possible pathway towards recovery. For the five years prior to joining LSF, she managed the state of Texas’ premiere mental health program for Veterans in three counties. She was able to engage the community through training and education focused on facts surrounding the issues that affect the military connected community and implementing community-based programs to help. Ashley created and chaired the Veterans Taskforce for Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare for five years, served on the board for the City of Huntsville’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Board for three years, served on the planning committee for the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s annual mental health summit for three years, and has presented at multiple state-wide agency conferences on various Veteran Mental Health topics. She is an Officer for the both her local VFW and American Legion and serves on the VFW Honor Guard.
Ashley is an Army Veteran who served for seven years with two Iraq deployments; 2004 and 2008. During her service as a wheeled vehicle repairer she completed maintenance tasks on major assembly replacements, was responsible for turning in equipment at the multi-million dollar range to Army Depot, completed 30+ combat support convoys throughout Iraq, served as a training NCO, and completed her service working for the Brigade level maintenance support operations office. She finished her enlistment as a Sergeant with a Combat Action Badge, three Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, and two good conduct medals. After service she completed her bachelor’s degree in social sciences from University of Maryland University College and her master’s degree in human behavior from Capella University.