Neeltje was born in the Netherlands and moved to London, UK to obtain her PhD degree in virology. In 2013, she moved to Montana to work at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories. Neeltje has a passion for the outdoors and loves that she can combine living in this beautiful community with her career as a scientist. When she is not in the laboratory, she enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, and fishing with her husband Rick Thomas and their dogs Bodee and Lily. Neeltje strongly believes that children should be allowed to live in a safe environment and feels grateful to be able to contribute to this as a member of the Board of Directors of Emma's House.