Roschell Ashley, MBA
Roschell Ashley joined the non-profit, which serves individuals with special needs, more than 10 years ago when she was hired to be New Horizons’ Director of Housing and Community Living, and sometime later the VP of Program Operations. Under her early direction New Horizons’ residential program flourished. Then after becoming Chief Operation Officer in 2014, Ashley worked to uplift all of the agency’s programs and services in an effort to support its clients in finding greater inclusion and independence.
As a leader Ashley’s forward thinking initiatives allow New Horizons to continue to provide the best in job training and placement services, educational programs, and residential homes in support of more than 1,600 individuals with special needs each year. In 2012 New Horizons bought a plot of land located in Reseda, California in order to build a $1.2 million home for individuals with Down syndrome who develop Alzheimer’s. This project was made possible by a grant Ashley secured in order to begin building a six-bedroom group home for this purpose, making it the agency’s 13th group home and one of only a handful of such residences in California and nationwide.
Her most recent accomplishments have included bringing the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (a group born out of legislation signed by President Obama in 2011) to California. Through collaboration with this organization, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, and Cedars of Marin, Ashley co-created a training program for care providers and practitioners who care for individuals with Down syndrome who develop Alzheimer’s/Dementia. This curriculum has since been used throughout the United States. In 2014 in collaboration with California State University Northridge (CSUN), Ashley came together with engineering students and business professionals from Technische Hochschule, a technology university in Germany associated with Audi and BMW, to discuss lean practices and “social sustainability” in business. And as a recognized expert in her field, she continues to be invited to sit on panels discussing housing and aging issues for individuals with special needs. Ashley has been a featured speaker at conferences throughout Los Angeles, including Bet Tzedek and most recently at CSUN’s annual the Art of Innovation Conference.
Roschell Ashley holds an Executive M.B.A from Pepperdine University, and completed her secondary education at Bowling Green State University, where she received a B.S. in Gerontology with a specialization in long term care administration. Ashley has been in the human services field for more than 20 years at both nonprofit and for-profit companies. Before joining New Horizons, she practiced as a licensed nursing home administrator and later worked to develop an Adult Day Health Care Center for adults with special needs.