Meet The Team
Natalie has numerous years of experience serving disadvantaged families in the Milwaukee area. Her experience includes prior work as a W2 case manager, where she saw first-hand the struggles many mothers faced trying to get out of poverty and move into family sustaining employment. Natalie received her undergraduate degree from UWM in Psychology with a minor in English. She has her Master's degree in Counselor Education from the UW - Whitewater. Natalie has extensive experience assisting adults with career exploration and professional development. She is a member of the Higher Education Alliance of Advocates for Students with Children, the UWM Lactation Support Program Committee and the UWM Adult and Transfer Student Committee. As the Life Coach/Coordinator of the Life Impact Program, Natalie is directly involved with assisting students in meeting their personal, academic and professional goals and is also responsible for creating and maintaining program structure and policy. Natalie has presented on the Life Impact Program and Student Parent issues across campus, in the community and across North America. Natalie lives in Milwaukee and is the mother of two children.
Gao is currently a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee pursuing a degree in Community Counseling. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Human Services Leadership, from UW-Oshkosh, and has had a handful of internships working with young children, families, and seniors. She finds joy in helping others succeed in all areas of their life. She hopes to be a family counselor or a counselor for at-risk youths. As a friend to many student-parents, that share their journey with her, they let her know that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. She finds the program to be a great resource and support to student-parents as they achieve their academic goals.
Dana is currently in the Occupational Therapy Program at the UW-Milwaukee. She will graduate with a Master's Degree in August of 2014. She has a prior Bachelor's Degree in Education with a focus on middle childhood through early adolescence children. She has been at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for many years and cannot think of a better place to get her education. When Dana is not on campus, she enjoys spending her time volunteering for different organizations like Easter Seals and Special Olympics. She has a natural inclination to advocate for individuals with disabilities and hardships. Having been a student-parent at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for many years, Dana has a number of resources to provide to the participants of the Life Impact Program. She works diligently to assist student-parents to have success in their higher education goals.