Ashton was born and raised in Upstate New York, where he gained a vibrant passion for the continuing Restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a full-time mission in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he saw how education and learning empowers people, before returning to earn a degree in communications at Brigham Young University. Ashton loves to watch and play sports and to share them with his two children. His family often reminds him of the important place education holds in our progression. Ashton is grateful to witness the impact of higher education while working at BYU-Pathway Worldwide.