OUR TEAM

Ashley Brown Ruiz

Director

Ashley is a Licensed Master of Social Work certified by the State of Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Fueling a passion from working over a decade in a Title 1 school in Houston ISD, Ashley pursued a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work. As part of her role as Director, she leads The Daring Way Internship Program with students seeking a Master of Social Work. Ashley works with the interns to run therapy groups at different agencies around the Houston area. Her experience comes from working with women in residential recovery, adolescents in recovery, and middle school girls. Ashley’s work with vulnerability and courage allows her to help clients put together all the pieces of their lives in order to help them move toward the life they hope to create. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

When Ashley isn’t working, she enjoys listening to music, laughing with her friends, Texas road trips, and spending time with her daughter and family.

Hannah Kimbrough

Assistant Director

Hannah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker certified by the states of Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas. She is currently a Ph.D. student and research assistant for Dr. Brené Brown and Dr. Ronda Dearing at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She holds a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where she continues to teach social work courses. Hannah has experience working with foster children, young adults in a college setting, adults in residential recovery, women experiencing homelessness, as well as groups, couples, and families. Her research interests include intervention research, program evaluation, shame, and leadership and organizational development. Her treatment interests include trauma, grief, and relationships. Hannah is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

When Hannah isn’t working or studying, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, photography, skiing, antiquing, watching college sports, and hanging out with her golden retrievers Lily & Ellie, and her husband Mark.