Julie currently serves on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County’s Board of Directors and is active in making connections for Big Brothers Big Sisters throughout the community. She is always looking to forge partnerships and seeking opportunities that enhance the quality of mentoring the program provides to children facing adversity.
Julie is also a member of the WNY Women’s Foundation Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Family Sustaining Jobs Committee. This committee strives to reduce barriers to single, female heads of households’ seeking education and employment. A current initiative of the committee includes a partnership with Niagara County Community College (NCCC), to provide MOMS: From Education to Employment (MOMS). Through the MOMS program, participants receive intensive support including case management, internships and job placement, peer mentoring opportunities, financial aid and career planning workshops, and study groups supported by childcare. Since the inception of the program in 2013, 175 unduplicated women have participated, receiving opportunities to assist them in achieving family-sustaining wage paying jobs.
In her role as Executive Vice President, Managing Director-Operations at First Niagara Bank, Julie is making WNY a better place to live and work. She is the Executive Sponsor of the Employee Volunteer Council that seeks opportunities for community engagement. Julie has personally connected First Niagara team members, interested in volunteering in individual and group settings, with the children involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters for fun & educational opportunities. Additionally, she is the Co-Founder of First Niagara’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and leads a Mentoring Program in her department that helps entry-level employees learn the skills needed to advance their careers. Lastly, Julie has volunteered as a mentor with inner-city youth through the Seneca Street Youth Program at the Seneca Babcock Community Association.
A quote from Julie’s nomination explains her commitment to the organizations and people they impact best, “she’s passionate about these programs, the individuals that they are helping and each and every one of their individual successes.” Congrats Julie!!