Barb has dedicated her entire life to going above and beyond for those less fortunate. From serving meals out of her home (still located on campus) before HEP’s kitchen was established, to cleaning the bathrooms of HEP’s very first dorms. Today, because of her hard work, HEP spans a beautiful 8-acre campus.
Leadership Category: Executive Team
Ashley Lowery, President & CEO
Ashley holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of South Florida – Kate Tiedemann College of Business, St. Petersburg. She graduated in 2012 and was a member of the National Honor Society. She is currently in pursuit of an MBA from USFSP-KTCOB. Before assuming her current position with HEP in July 2017, Ashley served as Director of Development, Director of Marketing and Marketing Coordinator, where she was able to gain thorough understanding of the ins and outs of the organization.
Ashley is a past Achievements Director on the Board of Directors for Ad 2 Tampa Bay, a national club for young professionals in the advertising industry, as well as an Alum of Leadership Pinellas Class of 2016. She currently serves as a member on the Homeless Leadership Alliance’s Providers Council, serves as a Board Member for the Pinellas Continuum of Care, and is a member of the Steering Committee for AMPLIFY Clearwater’s AchieveHERS, a women’s networking group in Clearwater.
Ashley has a strong passion for fundraising, and considers herself fortunate to have the opportunity to dedicate her career to helping improve the lives of homeless individuals, veterans and families in our community.
In her free time, she enjoys CrossFit, cooking, the beach and traveling. Ashley and her husband Mat currently reside in Seminole with their sweet daughter, Estella
Zak White, Vice President
Zak holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Before coming to HEP, Zak was a Practitioner in the Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-entry Coalition, assisting ex-offenders in obtaining employment, housing, and medical treatment services. Zak was also a Targeted Case Manager for Boley Centers for Behavioral Health, Inc., assessing the needs of clients to facilitate independence through treatment, training, education, and employment and housing opportunities. Zak loves working at HEP because of the collective positive impact the program has on its clients and the community. Zak is a member of the Homeless Leadership Board Provider’s Council.
Kathleen Prossick, Director of Finance
Kathleen is a graduate of the University of South Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior coming to HEP, Kathleen was the Vice President of Business and Finance at the Museum of Science & Industry, Inc. She was also the past Comptroller at Hillsborough Kids, Inc. a not for profit lead agency for foster children in Hillsborough County. Kathleen has also served on the board as treasure for the St Pete Mad Dog Triathlon Club. She is a frequent volunteer at triathlons and road races as well as a competitor in Ironman races and a marathon runner. She is a member of the USA Triathlon Club. She is a volunteer for the Cavalier Rescue of Florida fostering dogs. Kathleen is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Accountants.