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 Ascension Borgess at Woodbridge Hills. Julie is married to Dr. Ed Orloff, DPT who practices physical therapy at Ivy Rehab.
In 2019, Julie was elected by her peers to serve as the Kalamazoo County Board Chair. She was first elected to the Kalamazoo County Commission in 2012 and is currently serving residents of the 5th District (Alamo, parts of Kalamazoo Township and parts of Oshtemo) in her fourth term. She serves on the Michigan Association of Counties Board of Directors, Kalamazoo County Public Arts Commission, 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 fifth term. As a health care provider and Commissioner, Julie has the unique opportunity to help shape health care policy at the national level. Additionally, Julie was one of 23 county leaders chosen for NACo’s elite 2018 County Leadership Institute. Julie was also nominated to the 2019 Women in Government, a national leadership program for women elected officials. Her story is featured in the March 2019 issue of Governing Magazine, a national publication.
Julie recently partnered with the City of Kalamazoo and co-authored a MacArthur Foundation grant awarded to only 5 counties nationwide, including Kalamazoo County. Its goal is to reduce the number of young adults in our county jail through criminal justice reform. She has spear-headed reconvening the Kalamazoo Criminal Justice Council (KCJC) to continue efforts at intergovernmental collaboration.
Julie served 11 years 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 1500 jobs in Kalamazoo County.
For over 16 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.
Michigan Association of Counties At-Large Board member
National Association of Counties Health Policy Committee member
National Association of Counties County Leadership Institute
Class of 2019 Women in Government
Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board (past chair)
Kalamazoo County Economic Development Corporation
Workforce Development Board (affiliated with Michigan Works Southwest)
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)