Julie was born on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has lived in Madison, Atlanta, Georgia, and Ames, Iowa before Julie, her parents and her brother Paul finally settled in Mission Viejo, California to escape Midwestern winters. She attended Capistrano Valley High School. She went on to study at the University of California at Irvine where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. Julie has a daughter, Elizabeth Conner, who currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Julie enjoys a good cheeseburger, good food, food culture and history, tourist traps, and other unique travel locations. She enjoys many modes of transportation such as trains, planes, and ships. Julie likes travel shows and her current favorites are those presented by Rick Steves and Huell Houser.