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Women of Achievement: Ashley Pesi

Ashley Pesi is a McKeesport resident and current student at the University of Pittsburgh. She will be graduating in December with a Master's in Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organizing Social Action, and a certificate in Human Resources Management. She previously completed her undergraduate studies at California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Ashley is described as someone who “always gives back" to the community. 

While completing her undergraduate degree, Ashley began interning at Auberle in 2016 in the Employment Institute. There, she helped individuals find employment, work towards and obtain national certifications, participate in work ethic training, and brought people in the community together to ensure their fulfillment and success. At Auberle, she has worked on initiatives including the Excela Health Mental Toughness Program, where she recruits youth from Westmoreland County to participate in work training and skill-building. 

While working towards her MSW, Ashley simultaneously interned at the McKeesport Hospital Foundation. She worked to revamp their social media, helped with community outreach, and coordinated the first-ever 5K for Recovery in July 2018.

In addition to her professional experience, Ashley is the Community Organizing Social Action representative for the MSW Student Executive Council at the University of Pittsburgh and has been on the board for two executive years. She was the only student representative to take part in the search for the new Dean of Social Work, which resulted in the hiring of Dr. Betsy Farmer. She is currently the Co-Chair of Fundraising for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, National Youth Alliance. 

Ashley is a dedicated mother to her two-year-old daughter, a student, and a social work professional who has been described as "doing amazing things for the Mon Valley region since her high school days in Monesson." 


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