Ashley Stamper has been with Necco Residential Living since 2013. In that time, she has held a variety of positions at the Necco Center, including her current title as the Residential Program Manager.
Ashley has had a long and dedicated journey for education. She first attended Marshall University majoring in Forensic Chemistry but decided to change paths and search for jobs.
Thanks in part to Necco's educational assistance program, Ashley decided to go back to school and earn her associates in applied science and Certification of Criminal Justice Core at Ashland Community & Technical College. She also recently graduated with a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Ohio University – congratulations Ashley!
When her friend suggested that Ashley apply to the Necco Center as a Residential Skill Builder, she says she fell in love with the job and knew she wanted to continue her work there. Over the course of several years, Ashley had held multiple positions including Cottage Captain, Shift Coordinator and Staff Training & Development Coordinator.
As you can imagine, Ashley’s growing passion and dedication to the program is highly appreciated and has been recognized on several occasions.
2014- Group is Important to Youth Award: Based on one of Nicholas Hobbs’s principles from his book, The Troubled and Troubling Child, which focuses on nurturing personal strengths.
2018- Truth to Power Award: Employee that is willing to speak up and has the courage to listen regardless of setting or audience.
2020- Progressive Leadership Award: Leaders who aptly display Necco’s Corporate Culture Principles.
2021- Residential Employee of the Year
While Ashley has humbly accepted these awards on behalf of her work, she says that the real reward is seeing her kiddos accomplish their goals, no matter how small.
“Having the opportunity to be part of a child’s success story is an indescribable feeling,” Ashley says. “I’ve been given countless opportunities to do so and each one reminds me that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.”
After ten years in the world of Residential Living, Ashley says that it is important to remain patient and consistent. Some days can be challenging, but the kiddos in care always deserve patience, compassion and understanding.
She adds that employees should never stop working toward their personal and professional goals. Necco provides its team members flexibility and possibilities to grow inside and outside the company.
“Opportunities for career advancement are everywhere, you just have to be willing to put yourself out there and never accept defeat,” Ashley says.
Team members like Ashley help Necco continue supporting children and building families. Learn more about the Necco Center by visiting our Residential Living homepage. If you’re interested in joining the Necco team, check out the career opportunities on our job board.