About the Fund
The Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund for Student Support honors the life and legacy of Ashley Brooks-Danso, who died of a pulmonary embolism in June 2011, by supporting students with scholarship and stipend opportunities. She is survived by her loving husband of 7 years, Kofi, and her young daughter, Amelia Akua.
Ashley was a friend, mentor, and colleague to many, and she is deeply missed by all who had the benefit of knowing her. As her sister Liz noted, Ashley believed in the potential of all people and understood that amazing things happen when people take time to connect towards a larger purpose. For Ashley, part of that larger purpose was to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families. Although her life was short in years, she left her mark on the field of gerontological social work.
From 2004–2008, Ashley ably and enthusiastically co-directed the CSWE National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education (Gero-Ed Center). Among her many accomplishments in that position, she started the Gero-Ed Track at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting (APM), developed the annual Gero-Ed Film Festival, and initiated the Anita Rosen student poster awards at APM. Ashley’s great passion at the Center was finding creative ways to recruit and support students to gerontological social work. Contributions to her Memorial Fund are used to directly benefit students.
Ashley made a significant impact on the field of gerontological social work in the short time she was here. Join us in honoring her with a gift to the Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund for Student Support. To make a contribution, you may download the contribution form below. If you prefer to pay over the phone, please call Heather Marshall, Gero-Ed Center Co-Director, directly at 703-519-2077.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
We thank the following individuals for their contributions to this fund:
Barbara Berkman; Jim and Kay Brooks; Letha Chadiha; Harriet Cohen; Meredith Eisenhart; Joy Ernst; Aracelis Francis; Nancy Giunta; Kristina Hash; Nancy Hooyman; Nancy Kropf; Shelagh Larkin; James E. Lubben; Penelope J. Moore; Nancy Morrow-Howell; Holly Nelson-Becker; Tracy Schroepfer; Jack Sellers; Gaynell Simpson; Suzanne St Peter; Valandra; Beverly Yanca.