Ashley started with NOLS in 1998 after completing the River Instructor Course in Vernal, UT. As a field instructor, he works sea kayaking, hiking, packrafting, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, winter, caving and rock climbing courses. Field highlights include the first NOLS rafting course on the Kali River in India and working with NASA astronauts. Ashley was the NOLS Alaska Program Manager from 2011-2022. He's been the NOLS Alaska Director since 2023. He and his family live in Palmer on the NOLS farm.