Cortney holds a B.A. in earth science from Duke University and an M.S. in earth science from North Carolina Central University, where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow from 2015 to 2017. She also holds an MBA through Pedago's Smart.ly platform, in addition to an associate's degree from Wilkes Community College with a focus on health studies.
She has published and presented several scientific papers and abstracts in hydrology, seismology, and data analysis. She has also published poems, creative works, and articles in venues such as The Professional Geologist, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Teen Newsweek, and EARTH Magazine.
Cortney's main roles with the Natural Wellness Academy website are website management and assisting with business development plans. She is also creating several courses for the academy and hopes to utilize her scientific training to bring a complementary scientific perspective to the Academy's offerings.