Julie is a 17-year Loudoun resident originally from Northern Illinois, where she grew up along the Mississippi River. Julie is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist Chesapeake Bay Landscaping certified. She also currently serves on the Rural Economic Development Council for Loudoun County. Before becoming passionate about wildlife, Julie worked professionally as a computer analyst and training coordinator. She lives in Hamilton with her husband, Chris, and two teenagers where they work hard running Watermark Woods Native Plant Nursery, the only pesticide-free nursery in Loudoun County.