Julie has spent much of her life exploring the great outdoors in Colorado (her home state), around the United States and in as many faraway places as possible. Her first international travel experience to a remote community in the Fiji Islands at 13 years old was truly life altering. This initial international immersion experience as a teenager set the stage for Julie’s academic and professional interests. Since that time she has done all she can to learn about and enhance others’ understanding about the incredible richness and vulnerability of diversity around the globe.
Julie received her master’s in Environmental Management and her B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Latin American Studies and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke.
In addition to her extensive travel experience, Julie’s service as a park ranger in Colorado, her work as a naturalist guide in the Ecuadorian Amazon and her six years at Children’s Environmental Trust Foundation International (CET) laid the groundwork for her to co-found Global Explorers, now No Barriers Youth. Over the last 12 years at No Barriers/Global Explorers she developed, implemented and managed international and domestic educational experiences for students from around the U.S. She is considered an expert on ecotourism and educational travel and has participated in international forums on these topics. She recently transitioned to a new position at No Barriers as Director of Human Resources. As part of her work, she also directs Risk Management for No Barriers.
Julie and her husband, Jeremy, live in Colorado with their two children.