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About the NCAL Chair

Ashley Blankenship

Ashley Blankenship, vice president of operations for Southridge Village Assisted Living in Arkansas, is Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Assisted Living.

Blankenship oversees operations for Southridge Village’s four assisted living communities located in Cabot, Conway, Russellville and Heber Springs, Ark. The company has been nationally recognized, as Southridge Village Conway, Southridge Village Cabot and Southridge Village Heber Springs have earned the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program in recent years.

Blankenship has served at the national level for nearly a decade, previously as the secretary/treasurer and vice chair of the NCAL Board, as well as co-chair of the Assisted Living Independent Owner Council and chair of the NCAL Risk Management Workgroup. For eight years, she sat on the NCAL Finance and Policy and the NCAL Workforce Committees. Blankenship also chaired and served on the Facility Guidelines Institute Workgroup, to help develop minimum standards for design and construction of assisted living communities.

Additionally, Blankenship volunteers in her home state of Arkansas. As a member of the Arkansas Assisted Living Association, the assisted living arm of the Arkansas Health Care Association, Blankenship serves on their Medicaid taskforce and government relations committee. She also sits on the Leadership Committee for the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association. She works with local senior organizations as well to educate seniors, family members, physicians and public about assisted living.

Blankenship has a Bachelor of Science in marketing with a health care minor from The University of Central Arkansas.