Ashley Occhipinti Kaminski

Ashley Occhipinti is co-owner and artistic director of Occhipinti Dance Company.  Born and raised in Moscow Pennsylvania, Ashley attended dance for 16 years at area dance studios.  Ashley now teaches pre-ballet, classical ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at Occhipinti Dance Company.

Ashley has performed in many local community events including the annual Jaycees Santa Parade, United Neighborhood Centers Mardi Gras, the American Red Cross Auction, the Radisson’s Princess Tea, the Black and Blue Ball for Muscular Dystrophy, and at many area nursing homes.

Ashley has recently received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The Pennsylvania State University.  She will pursue her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in August of 2010.  When she receives her Master’s Degree, Ashley hopes to work with children in the school setting or working with laryngectomy and traumatic brain injury patients.

At The Pennsylvania State University, Ashley was a member of the archery team.  There she earned the honor of All American Archer in 2008.  This award has not been achieved in Penn State archery team since 1994.  Along with this award, Ashley has also been recognized as an All Academic Archer in 2008 and 2009.  This honor is given to students who are in the top 25% in the nation and have earned above a 3.0 GPA for that year in college.  With these accomplishments, Ashley has been recognized by the Big Ten Network with a personal interview for their “We Are the Millennial’s” show which aired in December of 2009.  Ashley has also been recognized by a major archery distributor known as Hoyt Archery and was given a sponsorship for her accomplishments in the sport.

Not only does Ashley compete locally and nationally in competition archery but she also likes to give back to the community.  In 2005, Ashley raised over $1,700 towards Multiple Sclerosis by holding a benefit archery tournament at a local archery shop.  She was later recognized by the Scranton Times Tribune as “Athlete of the Week” and was given recognition by the Secretary of Judicial Records.

Ashley is currently a first grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School.