Julie graduated from University of Dayton, OH with her degree in Education and Allied Studies and a minor in Psychology. Julie was very involved in Catholic service on campus. She was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. She also wrote her research thesis on using Catholic Teachings to advocate for mental health services in schools.

Julie is a second year volunteer, who ministered at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Chicago, IL. Currently she serves at Siena House, a woman and infant homeless shelter, in the Bronx. She lives at the Benincasa community in Manhattan.