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About the NCAL Chair

Ashley Blankenship

Ashley Blankenship, director of assisted living services for StoneBridge Senior Living, is Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Assisted Living.

Blankenship oversees StoneBridge Senior Living’s six assisted living communities in Arkansas. The company offers assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation services in Arkansas and Missouri.

Previously, she was the vice president of operations for Southridge Village Assisted Living. The company was nationally recognized, as three of its assisted living communities 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 previously served on the Leadership Committee for the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association and currently 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.