Donor Relations Consultant, Community Blood Services of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
After attending Parkland College, Ashley went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Media Studies, College of Media, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010.
Shortly after that, she worked at Q96 (96.1), a Stevie Jay Broadcasting radio station in Urbana, Illinois first as an intern and then 4 months later as a Morning Show Co-Host. While there, she helped to manage social media and interactivity with the audience as well as interviews of special guests, public personalities, and community leaders. In 2015, Ashley became an Associate Donor Relations Consultant at Community Blood Services of Illinois, and just recently was appointed as Donor Relations Consultant - responsible for all aspects of coordinating mobile drive operations.
Her community involvement began in 2012 and includes volunteering for the 2013 Eastern Illinois Food Bank Prom Court committee, a charity benefit for hunger relief in east central Illinois; current volunteer for the Champaign County Humane Society “Fur Ball” Auction Committee; active in the Junior League of Champaign Urbana, where she is the current Vice President of Communications; Auction Committee Chair for the American Heart Association “Go Red for Women;” and founding Board Member of Girls Go For It, also serving as Director of School Panels. Ashley was recently selected as a recipient of Central Illinois Business Magazine's ninth annual Forty Under 40 Awards.
Ashley’s most memorable moment at Parkland is “My very first broadcast over the airwaves was at Parkland College. In class, we had to read a report that the Associated Press (AP) sent over. It was really nerve racking because I knew other students in the class could hear me! I was so concerned with reading everything so perfectly and not making a mistake – even though I knew no one would actually see me! Little did I know, that I would really enjoy being on the radio, and go on to be a broadcaster for my first career. It all started with a communications class at Parkland College.”