Chief Executive Director - Women Making Waves

Executive Director

AshleyProf_Pic.jpgAshley Le Grange is a State (Florida) Certified School and Guidance Counselor for grades K-12 as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado and her work in the field of mental health is extensive with a strong concentration in teen prevention, alcohol and substance abuse as well as eating disorders. 

Throughout the years, she has enjoyed working in middle and high school settings which provided (in part) the inspiration, experience and training to develop an entirely peer to peer prevention program in the form of her top passion, a non-profit organization which she is director and founder of called the Stand UP Foundation and concurrently, the all-girl division called Women Making Waves. Before founding SUF in 2014, she was a School Counselor for three years at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida and currently travels all over the world with Hazelden/FCD as a drug and alcohol prevention specialist in schools. She currently is the professional school counselor at Stuart Middle School in Martin County. 

Central to all her endeavors is her core and driving belief in prevention and education as the key to solving much of the mental health crisis especially among young people.

She has enjoyed an array of wonderful and diverse experiences so far with highlights including her work with women in correctional settings, adolescents in hospital treatment centers and high school and middle school students in the classroom. She has played an integral role in supporting many students through educational, physical, psycho-social, and emotional growth of all kinds.

She has partnered with several reputable and specialized organizations such as the Oliver Pyatt  Center, an exclusive eating disorder treatment facility for women, Family Recovery Specialists in Miami and the Caron Foundation at the Hanley Center for alcohol and substance abuse recovery. Never one to hang back or keep quiet when she could being making a difference, Ashley also enjoys giving presentations and lectures on her passions and expertise covering topics such as substance-abuse, eating disorders and cognitive, emotional and social growth and concerns for young women. This includes presenting at the Florida School Counselors Conference and providing a training for Miami-Dade School Counselors.

She is a member in good standing of the American School Counseling Association, National Board for Certified Counselors, and International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MH12264
  • Nationally Certified Counselor, 267356
  • Licensed/Certified School Counselor, 1155667
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, Graduated in 2010 with Honors
  • Completing Certification in College Counseling from UCLA

She has also had additional Training in Play Therapy, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Ashley was listed in the IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) Newsletter as Membership in Spotlight for a project completed with students on building self-esteem through media literacy.