Ashley Steward, LMSW
Ashley Steward is a native of Pine Bluff, AR. She is a 2004 honor graduate from Pine Bluff High School. Upon completing high school she enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. After a less than successful freshman year as a biology major she changed her major to social work where she thrived due to her willingness to lend a helping hand. While matriculating at UAPB, she served with the student senate and held offices in various organizations. While majoring in social work, opportunities were provided for internships at various agencies. During her internship with the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services, an enlightenment took place. It was during this time that she realized that more children and families are affected by numerous scenarios that could be considered troublesome, eventful, traumatizing, and/or overwhelming. After completing her internship and graduation in 2008, Ashley began her employment with DHS/DCFS. Since then, Ashley has continued to work with various populations: children and families, geriatric, mentally ill, and the incarcerated. Realizing that more can be accomplished with the proper education, Ashley enrolled at Arkansas State University to pursue her Master of Social Work degree. She successfully completed the Master’s program and is currently licensed by the state of Arkansas as a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is currently working on her next level of licensure: Licensed Certified Social Worker.
At the end of the day, her heart for service has been for the betterment of children. When the opportunity to take part in REFORM, Inc. came about, there was no hesitation. How could one not take the opportunity to help positively affect the lives of many? One of Ashley’s beliefs is that children are the future. If children are the future, they must be properly equipped for the journey they face whether that be education, trade school, employment, military, or whatever path they choose. Another belief is that it takes a village to raise a child. No one person knows everything, but everyone knows something. She has a willingness to share what information and insight she has to help the next person along the way.
Ashley currently serves as one of the youth directors at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, sings in the choir, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and is currently employed by the Arkansas Department of Corrections as a Social Worker.