Ashley Ostdiek joined the Office of Victim Assistance in December 2022. Prior to joining OVA, she worked as a high school social worker in the Adams 12 school district, as a trauma therapist at The Center for Trauma & Resilience in Denver, and as a case manager then Ombudsman at the Denver Regional Council of Governments. She is passionate about working with people whose lives and minds have been impacted by trauma.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and her Master of Social Work from Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver. Before her career within the realm of social work, she was a Business Manager for a nonprofit who focused on progressing rights and acceptance of the LGBT community.
Ashley believes in holding safe space, culturally responsive counseling, mindfulness, and embracing unconditional positive regard for those she serves. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, live music (especially at Red Rocks), learning new things, and cooking dinner with her wife.