Natalie Bergstrasser, BA, Independent Living Coordinator
Natalie Bergstrasser joined Lilyfield in November 2013 as a foster care specialist and is now coordinator of Lilyfield’s Gateway Independent Living Program. Natalie is passionate about investing in the lives of foster children and youth worldwide, having previously worked with young adults in England, Kenya, and Ukraine. Natalie is a proud alumnus of the University of Central Oklahoma and currently serves on the Oklahoma County Transitional Post Adjudication Review Board and as executive committee chair for the R is for Thursday Fund through the It’s My Community Initiative.
Since 2008, Natalie has worked as an independently contracted speaker and facilitator, collaborating with the National Resource Center for Youth Services, Oklahoma Foster Youth Advocates, OKDHS Independent Living program, and other youth and social work organizations, facilitating trainings for teenage and alumni foster youth, foster care advocates, and community members on the topics of higher education, body image, child abuse prevention, and self-advocacy.
Natalie enjoys engaging in her church, running, and mentoring younger women. She and her husband, Michael, love exploring new cities, hosting events, and trying new restaurants as self-proclaimed, “foodies.”