Where are you from originally?
I grew up in a quiet community of Long Valley New Jersey, which is in the country side with rolling hills and beautiful lakes.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I was seeking more adventure in my young adult life. I had a strong desire to move out West in hopes of forming a community of adventure-spirited people.
I moved to Durango, Colorado to study Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. I gained experience in outdoor leadership, group facilitation and in connecting outdoor pursuits to deeper personal growth. I worked in wilderness therapy for 7 years, guiding students in their path of personal growth through integrating with nature, backpacking, and mindfulness skills.
Why do you love working for Winterline?
I love the community of Winterline. I love the being a part of the growth that our students experience throughout the year. I love working for a company that is always striving to improve and deliver the best experience to our students.
Can you explain your position in Winterline? How do you work with students?
As the Director of Student Services, I work closely with students and parents to support their experience throughout the program. I see myself as a mentor from afar, providing support and encouragement, and establishing boundaries for our students to explore and feel safe within.
What is something you want students and parents to know about you?
Durango Colorado is now my home, I’ve lived here since 2005. I’m recently married and am enjoying having a built in adventure partner as well as someone to share in life’s biggest moments with.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I live for adventure. This past Spring of 2018 I rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon for 21 days. It was the adventure of a lifetime holding on with all my might going through the biggest rapids I’ve ever experienced.
I have explored a vast amount of the mountains and desert canyons of the Southwest hiking, biking, and rafting. In 2013 I traveled to Baja Mexico to study yoga and meditation.
To find out more about Ashley and the rest of our amazing staff, be sure to check out our Winterline Team here.