What does your average day look like?
My day-to-day tasks vary, but early in the week I usually update our budget tools and post bank transactions as needed. I then take deposits to the bank and work on various quarterly and monthly duties such as grant reporting, balance sheet reconciliations and other work.
What is your background/formal education that led to where you are in your career today?
While serving in the Air Force, I had the opportunity to go back to school part time. I always liked math and needed a degree that I could complete online, so I took an introductory accounting class to see if I liked it. After that first course, I made the decision to pursue accounting and I completed my bachelor's degree in 2019 from Penn State University.
Photo: Natalie and her husband, Mikhail, enjoy a day on the water at New Bullards Bar.
How did you get involved in your current career path?
Once I separated from the Air Force, I had three full-time semesters left to finish my degree. After my first semester, I completed a summer internship in the accounting department at Union Pacific Railroad and was offered a full-time position upon completion of my degree. I worked there for about two years and relocated to Marysville, which is how I found myself at Yuba Water.
What do you enjoy most about working for Yuba Water?
I really like the connection to the community. I have learned so much about Yuba County in the past year and it's really cool to see all the work we are doing to make the community better. I like that it's a smaller agency, so it's easy to get out and learn about all the different things that we do. I also think it's pretty awesome that the agency owns and operates New Bullards Bar, the fifth tallest dam in the U.S.