Julie comes from a food family: Her father grew up on a dairy farm and pursued a career in Agricultural Economics, her mother is a registered dietician and her brother is a professor and fruit breeder who helped introduce Honeycrisp apples to the world. Her fondest childhood memories about food involve churning homemade ice cream on the porch, and that became the “main dish” for dinner on summer Sunday evenings.
Throughout her 30+ years as a food product development and technical services leader, she has served as a respected thought partner for her colleagues and customers, and helped to develop and introduce successful new products in foodservice and retail. Julie holds BS in Food Science from Purdue University and an MS in Food Science from Michigan State University. She has worked for companies such as ConAgra Foods, Ralcorp, Bakery Chef, Quaker Oats, General Mills, and Oscar Mayer.
She is recognized for collaborating with customer teams to overcome challenges by thinking differently and finding innovative ways to solve problems, and being able to communicate complex technical ideas to all audiences.
Julie’s travels have taken her to every state in the US and many countries in Central and South America, Asia and Europe. She has enjoyed eating in each of these places!