Meet the Team

Learn more about the Take Stock in College staff, who author this blog and serve Take Stock in College scholars at all of Florida’s 40 public colleges and universities.

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Carrie Garcia is the Associate Director of Postsecondary Partnerships for Take Stock in College. She studied at the University of Florida and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications Studies and a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Before working with the Take Stock in College team, Carrie worked for almost seven years with Take Stock in Children of Broward County. In 2018, while working full time, Carrie decided to get her Master’s degree in Business Administration at Florida International University. She has always had a passion for helping others and making a difference in the world. Carrie loves her furbabies, hanging out with family and friends, and ice cream.

Ashley Gastel works as the Associate Director of Take Stock in College. With over 10 years of experience working in education, her career focused primarily on working with first-generation students. As a first-gen student herself, Ashley was the first in her family to graduate with a high school diploma and graduate college with a degree. In her current role, she focuses on student engagement projects for Take Stock in College. She is currently working on building Sunny, the Take Stock in College chatbot. In her free time, Ashley plays video games with her 7-year-old and 3-year old-sons. She is a self-proclaimed Super Smash Bros Champion!