Julie assists athletes and families with the eligibility process and provides nonprofit governance and administrative leadership to the organization. She also organizes trips to US & International Virtus events and serves as US Team Manager at major competitions. She is a member of the Virtus International Rowing Committee since 2020.
In addition to her leadership role as co-founder and Athletes Without Limits Managing Director, Julie freelances in communications and design for DC area clients including Vornado/Charles E. Smith. Prior to co-founding Athletes Without Limits, Julie worked on a long term project for the MacCarthur Foundation’s Models for Change juvenile justice reform website and for the US Green Building Council, where she oversaw projects promoting the LEED Rating System and the Greenbuild Conference.
Julie’s love of sports began at a young age and by high school she was a member of the cross country team, a state champion softball team, and a national champion fitness team. She began college playing softball but was seduced by the sport of rowing and became a member of one of Princeton’s undefeated Eastern Sprints Champion Eights. After college she competed in triathlons for 7 years and has dabbled in Cyclocross.
She now enjoys “moving body parts” and leading Athletes Without Limits as Head of U.S. Delegation on trips to competitions including the 2019 Global Games Brisbane, Australia as well as Global Games in the Czech Republic in 2009, Italy in 2011, Ecuador in 2015 and Australia in 2019. Julie’s passion for sport inclusion comes from being a former nanny to founding athlete Syd Lea, whose family was instrumental in the startup of Athletes Without Limits. Her inspiration comes from her father, who created higher educational opportunities for young women through his Lehigh Valley Panther Softball legacy.