“To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be? – Tom Keating, Dead Poet’s Society
Ashley joined the Philanthropic Services team as a Grants Associate in October 2023. She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where she earned her Certificate in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation, a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Services from the University of Louisville.
She came to the Community Foundation of Louisville after working on the Application, Awarding, and Aid Evaluation team in the Student Financial Aid Office at the University of Louisville. She also has over 180 hours of volunteer experience with Volunteers of America Mid-States and more than 10 years of a customer service background.
It was her combined knowledge that led her to the Community Foundation of Louisville with a passion for helping the Louisville community grow its philanthropic work because she believes philanthropy has the power to influence real, lasting social change. When an organization receives support, a ‘ripple effect’ takes place, and many lives are touched, potentially for generations. Therefore, it can be considered one of the cornerstones of a stable society.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys various hobbies like snuggling up with her cats, Hodor and Meera; kayaking with her husband in the Parklands of Louisville; or relaxing in their hot tub at home.