It doesn’t take long to figure out after listening to Natalie Costanzo’s accent that she is not a “from here.” In fact, she freely admits that her life on the Eastern Shore was the product of serendipity when her husband, Dr. Simon Costanzo, agreed to a position at UM-Horn Point Laboratory five years.
After never hearing the name “the Eastern Shore” while growing up in Brisbane, Australia, Natalie nonetheless threw caution to the wind and agreed to relocate to Easton with the simple aspiration of raising a family of two young children while husband Simon pursued his work as a climate change scientist.
Nonetheless, within months, she found herself working for the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, and increasingly started to accept Talbot County has her adopted new home. And that commitment led her to take her current position as executive director of Talbot Mentors.
In her first interview with the Spy, Natalie talks about the history and mission of Talbot Mentors, perhaps one of the county’s most respected nonprofit organizations, and her passion in pairing together almost one hundred Talbot County mentors with some of its most promising young people in our region for lifelong friendships, advice, and support.
This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information on Talbot Mentors and volunteering to be a mentor, please go here.