Natalie has a heart for service. While double-majoring in Accounting and International Business at Seattle Pacific University, she interned with several non-profits. While completing her studies, she realized this heart for service could be satisfied by utilizing her knowledge of accounting & tax to serve businesses of all kinds. She thus embarked on a career in public accounting with a large regional CPA firm, where she spent nine years providing accounting and tax support to a wide range of individuals and entities. Her desire to work more with "the little guys," as well as a desire to exercise more control over her work, ultimately brought her to Dark Horse. Said Natalie, "I love working directly with business owners to help them manage their financials and make them actually useful while incorporating tax-saving opportunities," which is great news because that's what Dark Horse is all about.
Natalie grew up in Salem, Oregon, where she met her high school sweetheart, Neil, whom she ultimately married after her undergrad studies. As a matter of total happenstance, she met her husband at the same high school where Dark Horse Co-Founder, Chase Birky, went. Somehow, some way, the former South Salem Saxons joined forces later in life. She and Neil have two youngsters, Maddie (4) and Henry (1), along with a Catahoula named Charlie to round out their family.
When not helping small businesses and individuals win the day, Natalie enjoys the outdoors, whether camping, riding bikes with the kiddos, running with the dog, or eating donuts on the playground with the fam (don't judge, have you even had Blue Star donuts!?). Of course, like any self-respecting Oregonian, she also enjoys frequenting local craft breweries, wineries and coffee shops. And, when it's "me time," you can find her lying on a couch watching TV or movies or reading a good book (she can provide recommendations upon request).
Natalie was very helpful. She made the whole process very seamless and was more than happy to show us what to do.