Natalie spent the early part of her childhood in Venezuela before moving to Katy, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience with an emphasis on Human Impact on the Environment. Before pursuing a career in environmental science, Natalie studied film but quickly realized her passions lie in science, the environment, and making a positive impact in the world. During her time at A&M, Natalie participated in three very different internship opportunities: one at the EPA Headquarters in Washington; D.C., one at the Office of Sustainability at Texas A&M University; and one at Cheniere Energy, Inc.
After graduating, Natalie joined W&M’s Houston operations, and in less than a year, has had an opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects. As an Environmental Scientist I within the EHS Compliance Group in Houston, Texas, Natalie has worked on developing Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Stormwater Pollution Prevention (SWP3) plans for a wide variety of clients. These projects entail compliance, fieldwork, client interaction, technical writing, and regulatory research. She has also written Oil Spill Contingency Plans (OSCP), Facility Response Plans (FRPs), and Pollution Prevention (P2) Plans. Natalie has contributed to several multi-media permit applications including permits for air and wastewater-related projects. Additionally, she has completed annual waste summary, Tier II, and TRI reports and has experience in hazardous waste sampling, legionella sampling, and noise surveying.
Her proudest accomplishment while working at W&M was also her favorite project. Earlier this year, Natalie was tasked with developing and submitting the permit-by-rule application which included computing emissions for the facility and completing all required forms and checklists. As an entry-level environmental scientist who had no prior experience in air-related projects, Natalie jumped in, fulfilled all the requirements necessary, and exceeded expectations. This project challenged Natalie and solidified her passions in this industry. Natalie remarks of her work at W&M, “What I love most is the culture and the people. W&M leadership has established a positive and collaborative culture throughout the company by bringing on great people. The employees share these common values and attributes, creating a friendly and teamwork-oriented environment.”
A well-rounded individual, Natalie not only prioritizes learning about environmental and social sustainability but has a strong creative drive. Interested in most forms of creative expression, Natalie plays the piano, sings, draws, and paints. In her free time, she loves to refine her photography and creative writing skills and spends quality time with her family and dog.
Only having been a part of W&M for less than a year, Natalie has already shown herself to be an impactful and proactive team player. Natalie is incredibly excited to continue growing with the company and take on more leadership opportunities. Austin Heider, Associate Principal of the W&M Houston office remarks of Natalie, “Natalie always comes to work with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She is a hard worker, always looking to work on new task and projects, an exceptional communicator, and she has a proven track record exhibiting project execution and success. Natalie strives to exhibit W&M’s core values on a daily basis and always goes above and beyond!”
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