Ashlee is a serial grilled cheese lover and a big fan of the generous community
within Dallas, TX. Influenced by the positivity and problem-solving attitudes of
those around her, she is an entrepreneur in the not-for-profit and for-profit worlds.
Ashlee and her husband Chris co-founded Executives In Action, a charitable
organization that generated a human resource capital investment of $5.2 million
among 200+ nonprofits in North Texas. Their “caring hearts, business smarts” idea
matched C-suite executives in stages of professional transition with local nonprofits
needing assistance in projects requiring business skills sets. Executives In Action
grew beyond North Texas and merged with catchafire.org in 2016. This partnership
expands the platform and impact of North Texas skills-based volunteering to a
Ashlee founded Ruthie’s Rolling Café, a food truck business with passion and
purpose. Awarded the Best Grilled Cheese Truck in the Country in 2015 and 2017
by Mobile Cuisine, Ruthie’s serves the best variety of grilled sandwiches on wheels.
The belief that an act of kindness is never wasted fuels the “Ruthie’s Snacks of
Kindness” program. In partnership with caring individuals, local businesses and
nonprofit organizations, the Ruthie’s team feeds and/or delivers goods to
unsuspecting groups at various shelters, schools, businesses and more.
A native Dallasite, Ashlee’s been given the opportunity to learn about the unique
issues and needs of the community throughout her life. Current and past board
involvement includes Rebecca Bender Initiative, Shelter Ministries of Dallas, New
Friends New Life, The Junior League of Dallas Community Advisory Board, The
Dallas Women’s Foundation Board Chair, Genesis Women’s Shelter Alliance Board
Chair, St. Philip’s School and Community Center, SMU Maguire Center for Ethics,
Methodist Health System Foundation and Senior Source. Ashlee is also a member of
The Dallas Assembly and the International Women’s Forum-Dallas.
Ashlee and Chris were honored recipients of the EFNT North Star Award for Social
Entrepreneurship and the Wilkinson Center “Can Do” award. Ashlee also received
the Dallas Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential, Inspirational and Charitable
Women in Business Award. She met her husband Chris on a blind date when both
were students at Southern Methodist University. Her faith and family are her