Julie has known from an early age that she had a passion for helping others and has been doing so since shadowing her high school Social Worker. Julie graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Child, Adult and Family Studies and has worked in the Human Services field for almost 10 years. Julie is currently in her second year at Drake University working toward a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. In addition to being a student, she works as a Case Manager and Intake Coordinator at Beacon of Life in Des Moines. She serves as Vice Chair and Secretary on the Polk County Housing Continuum Service Council and works hard to stay up to date on resources within the community. She believe in the value of each person and strives to make sure everyone she meets feels heard and appreciated. In her free time you’ll find her watching Lifetime movies, going antiquing, and snuggling with her cats.