Chief Executive Director - Women Making Waves

Executive Director

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Ashley 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. She spent her last 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. 

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 working with high school and middle schoolers 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 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.

Director of Men Moving Mountains (M3)

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From 2009-2016, Ryan owned an I.T. business called Key Tech Consulting, which consisted of managing servers, networks, as well as, bringing on new customers and essentially growing the business. It was early on that he realized his true vocation would be helping, educating, and working with others, regardless of the venue. 

For the past three years Ryan has helped launch the Stand UP Foundation and get it on it’s feet. Through marketing, website design and implementation, volunteering and working events, seeking sponsors for those events, engaging donors and now launching the boys program, Ryan truly completes the full picture as the Director of Men Moving Mountains. He feels that watching and participating in each student’s growth and character development is stimulating and rewarding.