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Ashley Kerns – Board Member

Ashley resides in Westlake, Louisiana with her three children, Michael, age 9, and Samuel, age 6, and Katie, age 1.

Ashley’s daughter, Katie was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome at six months old. The Dravet Syndrome Foundation and community is a source of strength and comfort to her. She is proud to be part of an organization that will work tirelessly at making the world a better place for our children. Ashley currently serves on the committee for the Double-Down fundraiser in Houston, Texas.

Ashley Kerns is Vice President of her family’s business, Mike Hooks, LLC.  The company is among the largest dredging contractors in the country. Ashley received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1999. She also obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from McNeese State University in 2002.

Ashley is an active member of several professional organizations. She has served on the Board of the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) since 2011. In 2014, Ashley was elected President of that organization and served a second term as President in 2016. Ashley is the first female President of DCA and the first President to serve consecutive terms.  Ashley was also selected to serve on the Board for the Western Dredging Association in 2016.

Ashley enjoys serving in various community organizations. Ashley was the President of the Parent Teacher Organization and a School Board Member at her sons’ school from 2017 to 2018. Ashley has also held various positions on other local community organizations. She served as Vice President of Finance/Treasurer for several years for the Junior League of Lake Charles and was awarded “Active of the Year” in 2014. She also served as a Board Member for the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana for many years and chaired the fundraising committee.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling.

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