Ashley Harris, Recovery Mentor, has been with Visions since 2011. She is one of the bright lights that graces our facilities and touches the lives of our clients and staff alike. Ashley Harris is one of those people who make me smile at the mere thought of her. She motivates and inspires those around her to embrace life and its challenges with verve, honesty and presence. She skillfully uses humor to break the ice and to make people feel at ease and she has the ability to soften the hardest heart. Ashley retains a sense of youthful joie de vivre while maintaining firm boundaries, earning a deep sense of respect from those who get to work with her.
The staff echoes my sentiments about Ashley. Read on. You won’t be disappointed.
Ashley cares deeply about our kids and is a great role model. She is reliable, dedicated, and passionate about her work. She has a great sense of humor, and never takes herself too seriously. What an asset to the Visions family. High five Ashley! – Patrick Schettler
Ashley Harris is truly the gem of Visions. Her unconventional style truly reaches all Visions clients because she openly acknowledges her journey through recovery and celebrates everyday of it. Ashley holds no punches, and says the things we all wish we had the gall to say! – Corrin McWhinnie
The “everything” girl. She’s got it all. – Mie Kaneda
You can trust her with your darkest secret then share your dirtiest joke right after. – Roxie Fuller
I first met Ashley on her first night shift and immediately I knew she was going to be part of the family. I’ve seen Ashely grow into a strong, positive example of what we look for the clients to aspire to. She is a great role model for women in recovery and always brings a smile and laughter into the room where ever she is! It’s truly a blessing being able to work alongside her! – Nick Riefner
Ashley Harris is Visions’ face of social media! Her photos are worth a thousand words…Ashley’s excitement for our team and the families we help is so easily captured in photos. Harris and Hoban selfies are without a doubt some of my favorite posts! — Christina Howard Micklish
Read on for Ashley’s answers to our 10 questions. Her wise wit is well-played!
1: What makes you laugh with complete abandon?
I laugh a lot every day- usually at inappropriate humor. I love a good “That’s What She Said,” and potty humor is a weakness. My cats make me laugh a lot too. Lately, I’ve been finding myself laughing at my own ridiculous thoughts–the things I get mad about and daily frustrations now tend to make me smile and realize it’s not that serious.
2: Are you a landlubber or seafaring lass?
I’m comfortable with both. There’s something incredibly calming about the ocean though. For the first 6 months of my recovery it was my higher power.
3: Do you sing in the shower?
Yes! Who doesn’t? My neighbors probably don’t appreciate it but it happens. I turn into Whitney and Adele as soon as the water starts. On rare occasions I think I’m Biggie.
4: SuperMan or Lex Luther at 6 Flags?
Lex Luther, hands down.
5: Funniest April Fool’s day stunt?
People are always shocked by my lack of participation in April Fool’s day. I guess I just assume that people are too paranoid that day to really fall for anything so I do it throughout the year to keep people on their toes! I usually just try to scare people as much as possible.
6: Top three things on your bucket list are:
Oh man. This one is tough.
1. I want to travel. I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland.
2. When I was 12, I promised myself I would live in Australia for at least a year.
3. Have as many people say “You’ve changed my life” to me as I’ve said to people in my life.
7: If you could say anything to your teen self, what would you say?
I would tell myself it gets better. Everything always does. I struggled with a lot of various issues as a teen and I wish I could give myself the kindness and compassion that I now have for myself. I would tell myself to slow down and take time for me. But knowing me, I wouldn’t have listened.
8: Would you rather sing karaoke or do stand-up comedy?
Karaoke for sure–But not alone. No one wants to hear that, unless it’s a Pearl Jam song. I can do a killer Eddie Vedder impression.
9: What superhero are you?
DA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA BATMAAAAAAAN
10: Why do you choose to work for Visions?
I love Visions. I love the clients and the opportunity I get to help them. It’s amazing seeing them come in wounded and scared and watching the light come on. They get their fire back. Being a part of that process blows me away on a daily basis. Some of the best people in the world work with Visions and they’ve taught me a lot about the industry, relationships, and myself. Visions really is a family–we fight and bicker sometimes but at the end of the day we all have each other’s backs and it’s incredible.