Ashley obtained a bachelor of arts degree in Organizational Communications from North Central College. While at North Central, Ashley competed as the first NCAA triathlete with a disability that required sport-specific accommodations and advocated for the inclusion of people with disabilities in collegiate sports and the fitness and recreation industries.
She currently works as the Public Relations Coordinator at Access Living. Ashley speaks regularly to groups about topics such as perspective, adversity, performance, and disability. She has given a Tedx talk and continues to advocate for the inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in the fitness world.