Natalie (she/her) is a recent graduate of the University of Washington, where she double majored in Disability Studies and Neuroscience. She was also in the College Honors Program. Having grown up in Olympia, Washington, Natalie is now working to make this community more inclusive and accessible for people with and without disabilities. At Olympia High School, she ran Bear Crew Two for two years, participated in Unified Basketball and helped draft a successful application to have OHS become a Unified Champion School. At the University of Washington, she continued to get involved: Co-Chairing in a student-lead initiative to have people with intellectual disabilities at the UW as students (The Align Program), doing research in language development in children with and without disabilities, participating in Special Olympics Sports, etc. In the future, Natalie plans on pursuing a career in Medicine. Outside of the school, Natalie loves to hike, bike, ski or generally be outside. She also adores her pets, which include a dog and bearded dragon.
Samantha or Sam for short (she/her) holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from University of Texas San Antonio, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has several years non-profit work and experience working with youth of all ages. She is also a home educating mom of four who loves podcasts, gardening, and hiking. Although she’s lived in several states over the years, seven years ago the beauty of the PNW called her to make Washington home. Being a new member, she is eager to work alongside the amazing TCI team and is excited to meet everyone this summer!
Contact Samantha: Samantha@thurstoncountyinclusion.org
Director of External Affairs
Kaela is a mom of three (soon to be four), who is passionate about family, wellness and the environment. She grew up in Olympia, attending Olympia High School and South Puget Sound Community College. After spending time up North to pursue her business, she came back to Thurston County to raise her children. She loves the community and support that Thurston County Inclusion provides. As a new member of the team, she is looking forward to meeting participants and being involved in creating memories for our youth!