It is with a deep appreciation for the time, commitment, and passion of our dedicated advocates and volunteers that Feeding Matters is launching a monthly Q & A series. They help with events, participate on committees, and coach in our Power of Two program. The advocate and volunteer spotlights will share the stories of our growing network of change agents, the driving force behind our vision to create a world where children with pediatric feeding disorders will thrive.
Ashley Collier contacted us through her daughter’s feeding therapist back in 2016 and has been active with FM ever since, both as a parent coach in our power of two program as well as being a presenter in our virtual workshop “Fostering Collaborative Care: Parent and Provider Perspectives”.Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Like, my life has been overtaken by three little people? More seriously—-I am a North Carolina native and enjoy vacations in the mountains and at the beach. Several years ago I stepped away from practicing law to focus on my daughter. And just when we thought we had parenting all figured out, we adopted twin boys from Haiti.How long have you been a volunteer with Feeding Matters?
About two years.In which volunteer activities have you participated?
I have been on the board for Family Support Network, a local non-profit that assists families in the NICU and those with a child with a disability; and I parent mentor for Feeding Matters. I organize TOPSoccer, and help host I Can Bike, I Can Swim and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy camps.What motivated you to become involved with Feeding Matters?
My daughter has severe feeding issues that were not properly diagnosed until she was 3. The lack of professional awareness and parent resources was frustrating. I want to help others who are on the same path as my family.What has been your favorite part of volunteering with Feeding Matters?
I enjoy connecting with parents from around the country, in various stages of the feeding journey. I wish we had had the same access and support and I refuse to let our journey go without meaning. Being able to identify with a group that is just like me is reassuring and validating.What sets Feeding Matters apart from other organizations?
The national reach and broad approach makes Feeding Matters unique. Understanding that feeding delay is complicated, and so too is its professional treatment, makes for a powerful and necessary combination that Feeding Matters is addressing on every level.