Julie has been with David & Margaret for 7 years. After a career primarily in healthcare public relations and mostly in the L.A. area, she is thrilled to be working at a nonprofit that serves the community she has lived in for nearly 20 years. As publicity coordinator, her duties include traditional and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn – be sure to follow us!), newsletters, maintaining the new website, graphics requests, campus tours, and special events, among other things.
What do you most enjoy about working here?
I love representing David & Margaret in the community. On the agency’s behalf, I’m in the La Verne Chamber of Commerce (starting my sixth year on the board of directors and as an ambassador), the Claremont Chamber of Commerce (as an ambassador), the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce (we’re a new member there), and Claremont Sunrise Rotary (board of directors again!). The more involved I am in a group, the more effective I am at building relationships. Once people get to know about the work we do, they are incredibly supportive. Not only do they sometimes volunteer or make donations, but they often advocate on our behalf. Knowledge is power, people!
Most memorable positive experience here?
I think it’s the Annual Holiday Open House, which is the first Saturday in December. It was the first thing I attended, when I’d just found out about David & Margaret and wasn’t even working here yet. I love the fact that it’s the only day of the year that the residential cottages are open to the public, and the staff and residents pull together to decorate each cottage around a theme. Visitors get to tour the cottages and vote for their favorite, which gets a special certificate and bragging rights. Everyone is in such a good mood. My husband plays Santa, so we get to work the event together. He adores young people and is Santa at the Foster Family Agency holiday party, too.
If you could learn anything, what would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted to learn to play an instrument, probably piano, because I’m a huge classical music geek. Alas, I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.
Who are your role models?
I don’t really have role models, per se. I tend to see something positive in nearly everyone that I admire and try to incorporate into myself. I should be amazing by now.
Is there a saying or motto you live by?
There’s no such thing as too much garlic.