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 assists students in meeting their life goals and is also responsible for creating and maintaining program structure and policy.
Maya is currently an undergraduate student in the College of Letters and Science majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. She is very involved on campus with clubs, committees and events. She hopes to study abroad in her career here at UWM. As a Clerical Assistant and Tutor/Peer Advisor, Maya applies her comprehensive and developmental approach to the work she does in the Life Impact Program. She seeks to provide administrative support within the office and serve as a resource for the program participants. With her she brings a unique perspective, thorough knowledge of the UWM campus and a passion to help others.
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.
Pam is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Social Work at UW-Milwaukee. She has 19 years of experience working with underprivileged families at Social Development Commission where she was employed as a Family Advocate. She began her journey at SDC as a single parent of a 3yr old daughter who attended head start and gained education and skills to successfully obtain employment. She has firsthand experience balancing the different roles of being a student parent, and understands the challenges of parenting, working, and continuing your educational goals. In this way, she would be a great resource assisting other parents through their academic journey. She has one daughter who recently completed her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at UW-Milwaukee.
Dani is a perusing her graduate degree at UW-Milwaukee in Communication. She has her Bachelor’s degree from UWM with a double major in French and in Communication. Additionally, she has a minor in Global Studies and certificates in Peace Studies and Cultures & Communities. As a former Life Impact scholar, Danielle understands firsthand the challenges of being a student-parent. She believes that the program has played an essential role in her academic achievements. As a Life Coach Assistant, Danielle is eager to share her experiences with other student-parents, as well as offer her support in a variety of ways.
Rachel is currently a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee, pursuing a degree in Community Counseling. She previously attended UW-Milwaukee as an undergrad, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology in 2011. Rachel is pursuing a career in community counseling because she believes that looking at social structures, community resources, and family systems is critical to helping individuals achieve sustainable change. Rachel has spent the last two years working at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, working with children and families in a community services program. Rachel has a wealth of knowledge surrounding community resources in Milwaukee and surrounding counties specific to children and families. Rachel is excited and eager to provide support and services to the participants in the Life Impact Program.