Ashely grew up camping and backpacking across the southwest and began leading service projects for the Sierra Club Outings program prior to becoming a project leader for Wilderness Volunteers in 2002. After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and a graduate degree from George Washington University she worked as a forensic firearms examiner at a crime laboratory for more than a decade before deciding to spend less time at crime scenes and more time promoting community stewardship of our nation’s public lands. To date Ashely has led over thirty service projects across eight states. When she’s not working or feeding her addiction to wilderness you can find Ashely spending quality time exploring Northern Arizona with her dog Sam.
The mountains of the west have always captivated Aidalicia’s heart. Having grown up in a tiny town west of Tahoe, she spent her winters snowboarding and her summers exploring “Big Blue”. Her connection to the west and the great outdoors grew richer when she moved away to Austin for college and realized the positive impact having access to the outdoors and public lands had on the quality of her life. Aidalicia has a BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University with a focus on sustainability and has served as a Graphic Design intern for NOLS. After her first WV project as a participant in 2013, Aidalicia became a project leader and to date has led over 7 projects in 4 states. Vying for a “life less ordinary”, she can be found studying the nuances of storytelling through stand-up comedy, planning for her next adventure or trip, cooking for friends or designing her next dinner party.