My Missions

Scholarship + Leadership

To foster leadership and scholarship potential in students whose rural and socioeconomic backgrounds might bar them from higher education.

When Natalie returned home to care for her father during his cancer battle, she realized how educational excellence and access to scholarships create lasting effects on scholars’ lives and started her own business to bridge this gap.

Equity + Empowerment

To ensure that sidelined individuals are seen, heard, and uplifted.

The next generation’s ability to foster change is stifled as long as our systems fail underserved students. One of Natalie’s goals is to continue learning about our nation’s history of suppressing minority, LGBT, or low-income individuals.

Responsive Teaching

To adapt (remote) instruction to a wide range of learners.

A standardized test prep instructor during this remote era, Natalie is well-versed in remote learning environments, from utilizing a variety of tools to keep engagement high, adapting materials for accessibility, or diversifying content when needed for different styles of learners.

Developmental + Environmental Research

To support organizations bringing about environmental and social change.

Natalie utilizes her analytical mind and empathetic nature to support organizations pursuing funding for projects that improve our environment and our communities. A recent project connects green-energy technology to front-line workers in minority communities most impacted by COVID.

Continued Education

To continuously learn, experiment, discover, and improve.

While Natalie intends to pursue a PhD in the sciences at some point, she is currently doing personal research on environmental behavioral change to be used in her small community, a study of herbalism and forageable plants, and developing an organic farm + restoring the prairie ecosystem in her backyard.

Experience

SAT/ACT Prep Instructor

Academic Approach (2020 - present) • Instruct students in virtual setting, ensuring…

Developmental + Environmental Researcher

ZEVV (2020) • Assessed environmental impacts with a focus on scope 1…

Brand Strategist + Content Creator

Mud and Breath (2020 - present) • Created brand strategy, content calendar,…

Co-Owner of Artisan Seasoning Company

Hot Hot Lover (2014 - present) • Product development, product creation, bookkeeping,…

Scholarship + Life Coach

Self-employed (2019 - paused due to COVID) • Coached high-school students during…

Education + Honors

Education and Honors

MSc Oceanography, Distinction

University of Southampton, Southampton, England (2016)

MSc Oceanography Thesis Project (Marine and Molecular Biology):

  • Development of a copper resistance determinant as a selectable marker in genetic transformation of marine picocyanobacteria

Courses and Coursework:

  • Hands-on vessel-work deploying CTDS, Secchi disks, YSI meters, and side-scan sonar
  • Biological / Chemical / Physical Oceanography, Marine Geology
  • Global Ocean Carbon Cycles, Ocean Acidification, and Climate Change
  • Structure and Dynamics of Marine Communities
  • Remote Sensing of the Ocean
  • Environmental Radioactivity and Radiochemistry
  • International Maritime and Environmental Law

BS Biology, Summa Cum Laude

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2015)

BS Biology-Honors Thesis Project (Aquatic Toxicology)

  • The effect of caffeine and paraxanthine on the growth, mobility, fecundity, and mortality of a freshwater snail, Physa acuta

Courses:

  • Introduction to Recombinant DNA/RNA Technology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Ecology
  • Botany

CONTINUED LEARNING

YogaRenew, registering with YogaAlliance (2020)

  • Trained in anatomy, alignment, asanas, modifications, teaching cues, and sequencing, with further studies in yoga history and philosophy, bandhas, meditation, pranayama, chakras, mudras, vayus, nadis, and koshas

PADI (2014)

  • Over 70 hookah dives and 50 hours logged in aquarium setting

Lisa Powers, International Reiki Organization, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (2019)

  • Knowledge of how to use Reiki and meditation techniques for restorative and supportive purposes, connecting principles of Reiki to our outward life to bring about change

Transformation Services (2019)

  • Listening and questioning, rapport building, self-talk, and overcoming indecision
  • Goal setting (SMART and meaningful, monthly to multi-year terms)
  • Identifying cognitive distortions, locus of control, journaling, and exposure techniques
  • Trained in physiology, nutritional guidance, and fitness goal-setting and psychology
Honors & Scholarships

  • Fulbright US-UK Student Award - University of Southampton (2015-2016)

  • Ball State University Whitinger Scholarship (2011-2015)

  • Ball State BOLD Scholarship (2011-2015)

  • Ball State University Presidential Scholarship (2011-2015)

  • HNI Corporation Scholarship (2011-2015)

  • Ball State University Dean's List (2011-2015)

  • Keys/Litten/Smith Content Award (2014)


  • Presentations

  • US-UK Fulbright Commission Endcap (2016)

  • Society of Freshwater Science Conference - Milwaukee, WI (2015)

  • Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference (2015)

  • Ball State University Student Symposium (2014-2015)