Program Director - Ashley Simpkins

Ashley lived in 5 states before she was 10 years old, but her family eventually settled in Syracuse, NY, where she graduated from high school. After earning her BA in Psychology from Binghamton University in 2004, Ashley worked for Enterprise Rent-a-Car as a Management Trainee for a time, then went to work in pharmaceutical sales for Johnson & Johnson. Ashley joined DMCC in the spring of 2017 and was appointed Program Director in 2019.


When Ashley decided she didn’t want to live anywhere that experienced true winter, she moved to the San Diego area, which offered the additional benefit of being the adopted home of her older sister Becca. Settling in beloved Oceanside, Ashley threw herself into charity work. Most notably, she served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. 


Ashley and her adorable rescue mutt Mojo love to walk the hills in her neighborhood, or alternatively, cuddle up and read a book. She loves to travel, and studied in Spain when she was a college student. 

Assistant Program Director - Kara Adams

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Kara grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she graduated High School and attended her first two years of college at Kirkwood Community College. At the age of 20 she moved out to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she completed her Bachelors in Photography from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. After graduating in 2014 she moved to San Diego. She worked for the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay for a short time and then decided to move on to a job with the Coronado Historical Association as the Museum Associate Coordinator. While at the historical association she found her love for the world of nonprofit organizations and chose to continue her education by getting a Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration and Management online. 


Kara has always had a love for volunteer work since volunteering at the Special Olympics at an early age. She has also volunteered for the Humane Society and Comic Con International. Kara lives in Spring Valley, CA with her husband Matt and their two dogs, a Belgian Malinois named Bane and a little mutt named Harley. When Kara isn’t studying or working she loves to go on hikes with her dogs, read a good book, or spend time in the kitchen baking.