Julie grew up close to the ridge, but it wasn’t until living abroad in another beautiful spot that she gained an appreciation for how magical the Hudson Valley is. After 15 years away and return trips home that were growing in frequency, she returned to the area in 2018. She’s looking forward to giving back to the place she loves through the GCC. If she’s not climbing, she can be found exploring trails and back roads on a bike or running. She also works in healthcare analytics, teaches yoga in New Paltz and freelances as a public health researcher.