A native of Ohio, Julie came to Colorado in 1979 and lived in the San Luis Valley for 34 years. She moved to Salida a few years ago and has really enjoyed the Salida life. Julie has been a librarian. She continues to do summer reading programs and works in the school system. She has initiated several story telling projects including the Story Slam Series for Middle School students, held at the Boat House last year. One of the things she loves about Salida is that she feels that people really get storytelling here.