Ashley grew up in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. She has always had a passion for science and math with specific interests in nature and watching the weather. Her interest in meteorology sparked young every time a weather event occurred other than a sunny day i.e., thunderstorms and snow storms. She studied meteorology at Iowa State University and graduated with a B.S. in 2018. She is currently a graduate student in the Meteorology program at Iowa State University. Her research is on the Madden-Julian oscillation and large-scale circulations.