Ashley is a mother of 2 girls, Gracie age 3 and Kylie age 6 months. Ashley is originally from Oak Ridge, NC. She attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Nursing and a Minor in Chemistry. She worked as a registered nurse at UNC's hospital, caring for patients with cardiothoracic ailments and then later at PPD in the field of drug safety until her first daughter was born. Throughout college and the beginning of her nursing career, Ashley was an aerobics instructor, teaching a variety of classes including GI Jabb, kickboxing, spinning, jump rope, and abdominal classes. Since she was 4 years old, she has been a competitive swimmer, swimming on a variety of summer and year-round leagues, as well as coaching her native team in the summers during college. She has completed 2 half marathons, along with a variety of other 5K and 10K races.
She attended her first Stroller Strides class when Gracie was only 5 months old and then in February of 2013 became a regular attendee at the Streets of Southpoint in Durham. She instantly fell in love with the combination of a hard workout and great friends for her and her daughter. She says the friends at Stroller Strides helped her through the most rewarding, as well as the most difficult, times as a mother. She feels Stroller Strides helped her form her new identity as a mother, while also doing what she loved. She also credits Stroller Strides for keeping her in great shape during her second pregnancy. Pursuing her fitness further, she has joined our Body Back family and was instantly hooked to the high intensity and the small family feel. She is our newest Body Back instructor and will be teaching some outdoor traveling classes this spring!