Natalie is a conflict resolution professional and practitioner. For more than 20 years, Natalie has tackled conflict in various roles, both in the U.S. and abroad, as a criminal investigator, hostage negotiator, sensitive victim interviewer, mediator, and trainer.
She specializes in building rapport between conflict parties to build trust and increase vulnerability, generating insight to identify the underlying needs of all stakeholders involved, directly addressing both the root of the problem and long-term solutions, and equipping parties with the necessary tools to resolve future conflicts internally utilizing evidence-based techniques.
As a first generation American, Natalie is a native Spanish speaker and is passionate about assisting immigrant and refugee populations. As a disabled veteran, Natalie is committed to supporting veterans and law enforcement.
CAREER & PRIOR EXPERIENCE
Prior to joining NCRC, Natalie served in the Marine Corps for 18 years, throughout which, her positions included Criminal Investigator, Training Chief, Operations Chief, and Marine Special Agent with NCIS. Her duty assignments and deployments included: Maryland, Japan, California, South Korea, Thailand, Iraq, and two tours in Afghanistan. Natalie’s final assignment was a senior law enforcement position, as the Chief Investigator for MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, CA.
Education & Professional Affiliations
- Master of Arts in Peace and Justice, University of San Diego
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, University of Maryland
- Specialized training in: Special Victims Unit Investigations, Sensitive Interview and Interrogation techniques, Crisis and Hostage Negotiation, Domestic Violence Intervention, Child Abuse Prevention and Investigative techniques, and Crime and Criminal Intelligence Analysis
Training Experiences & Specialties
Natalie has developed a curriculum, constructed lesson plans, and trained hundreds of police officers and criminal investigators in best practices and department policies regarding sensitive victim interview techniques and sexual assault law enforcement response. She also developed a curriculum and trained International Security Assistance Forces and Afghanistan National Security Forces in advanced crime scene investigation techniques, which included classroom instruction, practical application, and combat patrols. Natalie is a certified mediator and trainer with NCRC.
Hobbies & Interests
Natalie loves to spend time with her family (especially outdoors) and is an active participant in a bilingual book club.