Ashley Witherspoon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Founder of Hand Made Dreams LLC, an organization geared toward enhancing the self-image and self-esteem of female children from a multitude of backgrounds through cultural exposure, education, and the integration of community, family, and peer support. Ashley is a North Carolina native who received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Ashley gained clinical experience early in her career working with children, adolescents, and families who endured mental health challenges, physical/emotional abuse, and neglect. Ashley has worked in various settings from providing inpatient psychiatric treatment, in home therapeutic services, and interdisciplinary medical teams. Ashley has served on the National Association Social Work-NC Board of Directors, provided clinical supervision for Licensed Clinical Social Work-Associate practitioners, and delivered day to day instruction as an agency field instructor for university program students. Ashley recently served as a mental health expert for WRAL-TV, an NBC – affiliated television station, providing therapeutic strategies for families to adjust during the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis and has contributed to various local and national publication platforms, including the national and digital media publication Youth Today.