Ashley was previously the Director of Programs and Special Initiatives. She secured and managed over $10 million in funding from the Health Resources Services Administration, and she has been lauded for achievements in program development, administration, and operations. Prior to her time at SCDA, Ashley was the Manager at the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. She was responsible for efforts to promote equity throughout the Commonwealth by improving access to quality care, supporting the development of innovative models of care, and addressing barriers related to rurality. Ashley was responsible for the day-to-day management of the federal State Office of Rural Health Grant Program, served as a subject matter expert on alternative models of care, telehealth, and opioid abuse prevention, and provided important input into grant programs supporting medically underserved populations in rural communities. At the Virginia Department of Health, Ashley also created and maintained an active network of trained, local Community Health Workers to work with area health systems, school divisions, and other community partners. This network linked at-risk children and adults to a medical home and community resources to help manage chronic conditions. Ashley is skilled at working with rural stakeholders and has provided consultation, technical assistance, and training about model programs, best practices, and emerging promising approaches in rural health and primary care to rural stakeholders such as local health departments, rural health clinics, community health centers, community-based organizations and other healthcare providers. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in Human Development, Family Studies and Related Services, as well as a Master of Public Health Degree from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Social and Public Policy at Liberty University. Ashley is thrilled to lead ESAHEC into a new era and put down roots on the Eastern Shore with her fiancé and young son.