Hey! I'm Natalee.


I like to create pretty maps -- especially when it means I get to play with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript!

In case you're interested in learning more about me than I could fit on my resume , I created this resumap to provide a little more context. You won't find lists of degrees or skills here, but you will learn a little more about who I am.

Yeah, I know the muffin man people.


But I call them Mom & Dad.

I grew up in a tiny town in Wisconsin where my parents own a wholesale bakery. My first job was cracking eggs into a bucket at age five. From middle school until I left Wisconsin in 2017, I helped them sell their products at the local farmer's market.

Even though I live 1,033 miles away, now, I still contribute in my own way; I built them a new website in April 2018 using HTML5, CSS, Bootstrap, and GitHub pages. You can check out the code here.

Freshman Year in Brew City

My first year of college was in Milwaukee. This is where I volunteered with an organization to end human trafficking, which opened my eyes to all the factors that can contribute to and alleviate human suffering. I started to turn my academic focus towards population health, economics, and social justice issues.

#BadgerLife

After a year in Milwaukee, I transferred to UW-Madison. I got more involved with social justice groups, like WISPIRG, and even got a chance to develop and lead my own organization: "Just Food". I got my first taste of leadership as I oversaw twenty interns. I coached them through coalition building and lobbying campus officials to increase their fair trade and local food products in the food halls.

I bounced around between majors for awhile, and I landed on three: International Studies, Political Science, and Languages & Cultures of Asia.

Monsoons in Maharashtra

I spent my last semester as a UW-Madison student studying abroad in Pune, India, where I interned at a health microinsurance organization called Parvati Swayamrojgar Yojana. For my internship, I spent my days interviewing participants of the microinsurance program to learn how they felt about their access to healthcare. At the end of the summer, I provided a summary of findings to the directors of the program.

Wedding Bells

About a month after I returned from India, I married the love of my life in a surprise wedding ceremony. The wedding was in a barn near our shared hometown.

Working Girl: UW Credit Union

For about two years after graduating from college, I worked as a teller at UW Credit Union. While there, I helped to train new tellers, held the responsibility of being "vault teller" (i.e., balancing the vault of cash every night), and I met some people who became my best friends. I knew all along that finance wasn't my long-term career goal, but I wouldn't trade my time at UW Credit Union for anything.

Never Finished Learning

From UW Credit Union, I moved just a few blocks to the west and began a program to learn GIS and Cartography at UW-Madison. I saw GIS as a way to make myself marketable in the public health field (honestly, I also just thought maps were really cool).

Becoming a part of the UW-Madison Geography family was one of the best choices I've ever made. Not only did I meet some incredible people, but I learned so much more than I bargained for. Now I have programming, web design, data viz, graphic design, and spatial statistics in my toolbox.

Shipping Up to New Haven

In 2017, my husband and I packed our belongings and headed out east for New Haven, where an MPH program was waiting for me and a good job at Yale was waiting for him.

Summer Opioid Research

During the summer of 2018, I interned at the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner up in Farmington, Connecticut. I pored over toxicology, autopsy, and investigative reports to understand the circumstances that led to each opioid-related fatality in Connecticut in 2017. I later did my thesis on the spatiotemporal distribution of opioid-involved fatal overdoses in Connecticut from 2009-2017.

What's Next?

I graduated with my MPH in May 2019 and have continued opioid research since then as a research assistant at Yale. I'm currently looking for full time positions in the Greater New York Metro Area. Do you have any use for a recent MPH grad who loves collecting, playing with (aka analyzing), and creatively visualizing health data? Hire me!