Born and raised in Michigan, Julie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Packaging from Michigan State University in 2002 and received a Certificate in Food Science from Rutgers in 2019.
Julie started her packaging career in the automotive industry, as a Packaging Engineer and Quality Engineer, at a Chicago based company called UGN, Inc.. She then moved on to work at Design Pac, Inc. to return to consumer facing packaging innovation & design. To further her interaction with consumer experiences and be closer to family, she then moved to New Jersey and joined the Snacks Division of Kraft Foods. Despite a company spin-off, she continued her Packaging career with Mondelēz International and worked on brands such as Ritz, Honey Maid, Oreo, Sour Patch Kids, and Swedish Fish. While majority of her career has been Packaging driven at Mondelez, her current role is Global R&D Brand Value Product Lead for Beverages, Gum, Candy, & Meals.
Julie lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband, Aby, daughter, Aliyah, and fur baby, Bella. She is now a Jersey Girl that will always bleed Green! New to the board in 2021, Julie views board service as one of the most rewarding ways to give back to the University that paved the path for her successful career. She looks forward to contributing to the students, staff, and overall Spartan community. Go Green!