Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Ashley Bottchenbaugh recently joined the Foundation as a Program Fellow. She is participating in a six-month fellowship to determine if a philanthropy career is a good fit for her. Ashley graduated from Western Carolina University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She plans to continue her education by earning a postgraduate degree.
From the Big Cove community, Ashley graduated in 2013 as co-Valedictorian from Cherokee High School where she enjoyed volleyball, cheerleading, softball, and student government. She was a founding member of the Cherokee Youth Council and continued her membership for four years. She participated in the Costa Rica Cultural Exchange in 2009, and this experience changed her perspective on developmental impact on environmental issues. Ashley’s parents are Andrea and Frankie Bottchenbaugh, and she has two younger siblings. She also has a two-year old pet pig named ButterCup. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, reading, shopping, playing cornhole, and binge-watching Netflix. “I want to learn as much as possible at the Foundation and continue the wonderful work the organization was created to do through partnerships with our Cherokee people and western North Carolina,” she said.