Ashley Brown is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Workforce Education with an emphasis in Marketing. Ashley has been involved in SkillsUSA since 2004 serving in roles as a student member, State Officer, National Officer, SkillsUSA GA State Officer Trainer, State Director Officer, and currently as the State Director of SkillsUSA Georgia.
Ashley's SkillsUSA journey began as a student enrolled in a Career & Technical Education program at Stephens County High School in Toccoa, Georgia. She quickly took advantage of the student leadership development opportunities available to her and was subsequently elected as a chapter, state, and ultimately national officer.
After graduating from college, Ashley began teaching Marketing at Alcovy High School. There she started the program and the DECA Chapter. Alcovy's DECA chapter was very successful with more than 200 members and State Competitive Event winners. With her co-advisor, members at the local level participated in rich experiences to ensure that students were working to become college and career ready. Ashley also worked as the Technology Student Association Executive Director for one year prior to her accepting her role with SkillsUSA Georgia.
In 2012, Ashley accepted the position of State Director of SkillsUSA Georgia. In this role, she oversees the Georgia Association of SkillsUSA, including the management, coordination, and facilitation of all state events, leadership development programs, and advisor trainings. Under Ashley's leadership, the state association has seen a steady membership increase while reaching two milestones of largest membership in state history in years 2016 and 2019. Additionally, Georgia has led the nation in the Chapter Excellence Program with the largest number of applications, completers, and Model of Excellence chapters. Ashley wholeheartedly believes in the SkillsUSA Framework and works to ensure that all state programing works to further the SkillsUSA Framework and its meaning and delivery in each member's lives.
Through her educational journey and career, Ashley understands first-hand the impact that Career & Technical Education and SkillsUSA can have on a student's life as well as how essential the development of workplace, personal, and technical skills grounded in academics is to a student's future.
Jordan is a Young Harris College graduate with a Bachelor's in Business and Public Policy. As a student at Young Harris College, Jordan was a member of the Bonner Leaders Program where she served as the Community Development Coordinator for several nonprofit organizations. Through this program, she also spent her time mentoring students at the Alternative Education Program, Towns County Elementary, and worked at the Blairsville Food Pantry. It was through this program that Jordan recognized the value of servant leadership and her passion for student growth.
Upon graduating from Young Harris, Jordan worked at Fidelity Charitable as an Advisor Representative where she gained extensive knowledge of 501(c)3s. Jordan's passion for non-profits and students has led her to SkillsUSA where she serves as the SkillsUSA Program Coordinator. Jordan greatly enjoyed working with advisors to ensure student member success and growth through SkillsUSA Georgia events and competitions. She also enjoys improving communication systems as evident through the launch of the new SkillsUSA Georgia website. Jordan looks forward to seeing you at the next SkillsUSA Georgia event!
Fun Facts: Jordan is also a published author on the subject of Local Government Reform, and spent a semester studying International Affairs at Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland.