Leadership

Ashley English
Cofounder

Ash

Ashley grew up in a suburb of Southern California where she thought she would live her whole life (God: But she did not). An overachiever and perpetual goody-two shoes, Ashley spent most of her childhood punishing herself if she did anything bad (her parents were very thankful for this character flaw).

After high school, Ashley moved to the Central Coast to attend California Polytechnic State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Though she had dreamed of being a political commentator, a brief stint writing for the school paper made her rethink what she truly wanted out of life. Instead, upon graduation, she worked behind the scenes on a local political campaign and then worked primarily in social media marketing.

In 2015, Ashley married her high school boyfriend and long-time friend, Nicholas English. They were 21 years old at the time. They spent their honeymoon traveling the Pacific Coast and dreamed of a life filled with adventure (God delivered), a dog (coming soon!), and hopefully some farm animals (still waiting). After moving back home to Orange County for a spell, they recently left their friends and family (again) to follow God’s call for them in the Midwest.

After realizing all of the mistakes and tribulations she put herself through in high school, over boys of all things, Ashley has been planning to write a book filled with advice for young girls since her high school graduation. She hopes Tower318 will provide her an outlet to assist young girls as they create their own unique voices in the world.

 

Natalie Merrill
Cofounder

Nattie

Natalie spent most of her life in Dallas, Texas, until she moved to Orange County, California, in the fall of 2017 because she felt like God was calling her out there. That’s a story in itself.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and Master of Arts degree in communications and media technology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She was a sports reporter right out of college, taught broadcast journalism and newspaper for seven years, and now works as a writer in marketing.

Natalie loves people—she frequently asks new friends she just met to go grab coffee, and she doesn’t even like coffee. She is a huge sports fan, eats Wheat Thins with every meal, has a true passion for cake batter froyo, and gets really excited about nicknames.

While teaching, Natalie realized how passionate she is about helping young women become bold and confident individuals. Thanks to an entire lifetime of no dating life and zero success with the fellas, she knows all too well what it’s like to feel like you’re not good enough—but she also knows that feeling is a lie. She’s truly thankful for Tower318 and can’t wait to meet you!