Julie is currently the Executive Director at Mental Health America Lakeshore, and she regards her career as a gift to serve others. She advocates for addressing social determinants of health that obstruct access to care and is committed to implementing strategies that minimize stigma and promote social inclusion. Her daily efforts are focused on promoting mental wellness and reducing stigma through normalizing conversations.
Julie's experience in the non-profit sector is extensive, and she has worked with individuals across various age groups. She collaborates closely with local government agencies, community partners, and key stakeholders to achieve the best possible results.
Her passion for serving vulnerable populations and promoting health and wellness in communities led her to pursue a degree in Community Health Education at Hunter College in NYC. She holds various certifications in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), Bereavement Counseling, Field Traumatologist, and Health Education Specialist.
In 2018, Julie was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for her remarkable work with the "Cultivate Mental Wellness Model" by the Wisconsin Public Health Association. She was recognized nationally and presented at the San Diego National American Public Health Association Conference.
Julie's primary passion is assisting individuals in sharing their stories and uncovering their strengths to live their best lives. She resides in Sheboygan Falls with her family and enjoys spending her free time connecting with nature, listening to live music, and playing fiercely competitive board games.
For my mental health, I connect with my mind through music and nature. Both are universal in connecting people together to enjoy the free gifts of life. They are the language of our spirit. –Julie L. Preder