Ashley Cocklin

O'Neil Wysocki

by Helen Emerson

Competitive and practical, Ashley completed her undergraduate studies in just 2 years. With wisdom beyond her years, Ashley then made her way to Texas, where she attended Baylor University School of Law. While she admits to surviving her first Texas summer only due to a diet of watermelon, she has come to call our great state home.

Ashley is a member of the 2023 Leadership Class and a Co-Chair of the Wellness Committee. She is—and has been since high school—dedicated to raising awareness for mental health and improving access to mental health resources. Some might be disheartened by work that leave the volunteer essentially never knowing whether she has made a difference, but Ashley remains undaunted and happy to pour out her time and energy in exchange for just the possibility that one person one day may be helped by her contributions.

Beyond her formal commitments to DAYL, Ashley has proven to be one of the most reliable and responsive people around for a variety of one-off events and tasks, including volunteering her time and helping to raise money for other committees.

From a family of teachers, Ashley has recognized the impact that adults outside of the family can have on a child and sought a way to be an advocate. Undaunted by what those of us with a spouse recognize as the most terrifying of conflicts, Ashley is a family law associate at O’Neil Wysocki and spends her working hours counseling others through difficult times. When she’s not working, you will find Ashley enjoying the outdoors (Dallas weather permitting) and spending time with her friends and two rescued cats (which she assures me are the friendly kind).

With this, my last One to Watch article, I am so pleased to honor Ashley as the May 2024 One to Watch! She is the quintessential up-and-coming leader on which DAYL depends and thrives—a positive, energetic, and tenacious woman with a passion for helping others and making things happen. Thank you, Ashley for all you do and congratulations on being this month’s One to Watch!