A Kalamazoo Township resident, Julie was born and raised in the greater Kalamazoo area and graduated from the Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center and Mattawan High School. Later, she earned her Master’s degree at Marquette University and practices physical therapy at Borgess at Woodbridge Hills. Julie is married to Dr. Ed Orloff, DPT who practices physical therapy at Borgess Spine.
Julie was first elected to the Kalamazoo County Commission in 2012. She is currently serving residents of the 5th District (Alamo, parts of Kalamazoo Township and parts of Oshtemo) in her third term. She was appointed to serve as the board liaison to four committees: Workforce Development, Kalamazoo County Brownfield Authority Board, Economic Development Corporation, and the Board of Commissioners’ Appointments committee.
In 2014, Julie was appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Health Policy Steering Committee and is serving in her third term. As a health care provider and Commissioner, Julie has the unique opportunity to help shape health care policy at the national level.
One resolution Rogers introduced in 2015 was a prescription drug discount card program through NACo. It passed unanimously with bipartisan support by the Board of Commissioners. Any citizen of Kalamazoo County can now visit www.nacorx.org and download a discount card that provides an average savings of 24%.
Julie has invested many long hours outside her professional career serving as an appointed member of the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board. She is a leader for responsible environmental cleanup. Julie has worked to rehabilitate contaminated properties in ways that foster economic growth. She served as past chairperson and assisted with business development while creating and maintaining over 500 jobs in Kalamazoo County.
From the beginning of her professional career, Julie Rogers has been actively engaged in politics, particularly on the health care front. For over 13 years, she has fought hard for the rights of Michigan’s citizens by advocating for adequate Medicare coverage. In 2007, as the Michigan Physical Therapy Federal Affairs Liaison, she met with Congress, achieving personal endorsements for a bill to maintain Medicare benefits.
One of Julie’s greatest passions is fitness. She and her husband train as runners and triathletes on the Kal-Haven Trail and the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. In 2012, Julie and her husband Ed completed the Kalamazoo Marathon and set new PRs. Julie is also dedicated to preserving our green spaces so that we can all continue to enjoy Kalamazoo County’s excellent outdoor recreational areas.
Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board (past chair)
Kalamazoo County Economic Development Corporation
Workforce Development Board (affiliated with Michigan Works Southwest)
National Association of Counties Health Policy Committee member
West Michigan Cancer Center Board of Directors
“Girls On The Run” coach
Borgess Diversity Council member
League of Women Voters
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
UMC Church & Society Committee (past chair)
Michigan Physical Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association (past Federal Affairs Liaison)
Kalamazoo Trikats (Triathlon/multisport club)
Kalamazoo Junior League (past member)
Kalamazoo County Democratic Party
Bronson Family Advisory Council (past member)