Ashlei holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She started her career at an alternative-to-incarceration program in New York City, working with justice-involved adolescents to develop their academic plans. In this role, she discovered her passion for education and providing supportive services for vulnerable populations to achieve success. During the pandemic, Ashlei completed graduate school online and worked as a therapist, providing therapeutic services to a variety of populations experiencing numerous barriers.
One learned lesson Ashlei shared with clients and students is that everyone will experience stressful times, but one’s reaction to those events determines their future. She plans to synthesize her psychological and educational experiences to best support those served by ReUp Education. Ashlei currently resides in Hampton, VA with her puppy, who will soon join her in Charlotte, North Carolina.