Wellroot Welcomes Allison Ashe as New CEO


Wellroot Family Services has announced that Allison Ashe will be its next CEO effective July 21, 2020. Allison will succeed Rev. Hal Jones who accepted an appointment by the Bishop of the North Georgia Conference to serve as Director of Connectional Ministries.

The announcement concludes an extensive national search by the Wellroot Board of Directors.

Ashe is an active North Georgia United Methodist lay person. She earned a Master’s degree from United Methodist-related Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and has served in chaplaincy roles. She gravitated to nonprofit service as a manifestation of her commitment to Christ.

Ashe will be leading Wellroot, a North Georgia Conferece-related agency. at a time where there is growing national support for enhancing the ability of children to remain with families of origin and avoiding placement in the foster care system altogether. With a reputation as a leader in Georgia’s child welfare system and strong relationships within the state government, Wellroot is uniquely positioned to address the network gaps and family navigational needs in Georgia by adopting an evidence-based continuum of care model. Ashe’s leadership will be instrumental in implementing this new vision.

“It is such an exciting time for Wellroot Family Services,” says Paul Rozeman, Wellroot Board Chair. “We are so excited to have Allison join us. Her leadership track record in the family services arena fits perfectly with where Wellroot is as an organization and more importantly, where we are going.”  

Ashe has significant experience in youth and family programs, working with youth aging out of foster care, and independent living. She has expertise in the impact of trauma and generational poverty. Known for team-building, creativity, and mission focus, Ashe built the largest volunteer program in the national Covenant House network. She enjoys working collaboratively with staff, state, corporate and individual donors, board members, and volunteers.

Regarding her passion for coming to Wellroot, Ashe says: “For the past 11 years, working with youth who are experiencing homelessness, I have witnessed first hand what happens when children and families do not receive the necessary supports and services they need. I am extraordinarily passionate about being able to support children and families earlier in the process to disrupt the cycle that can ultimately lead to youth homelessness.  Wellroot Family Services has a long history of providing unconditional love to children,they have a great board and staff, and the resources and institutional knowledge to create change. I am honored to be chosen to lead the organization in its next chapter.”

In January 2020 Wellroot’s board of directors formed a search committee and partnered with BoardWalk Consulting, a national search firm based in Atlanta, to identify a new CEO. Wellroot’s search reached close to 250 individuals nationwide. Following a wide-ranging and enthusiastic search, Wellroot’s board of directors unanimously voted Ashe as Wellroot’s new CEO on June 25, 2020.

Read the full announcement at https://wellroot.org/2020/07/07/wellroot-names-allison-ashe-as-ceo/