Julaine is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where at the age of 5 months, she was adopted into the loving home of Bob and Mary Appling. Following college, Julaine moved to Wisconsin, where she has lived for most of the intervening years. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Humanities, a B.S. in English Education, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision. Through the years she has done additional graduate-level course work at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. During the nearly 10 years Julaine spent in the classroom in Wisconsin, she taught on the junior high, high school, and college levels. Her primary teaching areas have been history, government, English, and education courses. In addition, for 5 years Julaine was the administrator of a private school; and she has also been office manager for a small law firm in Milwaukee. In October, 1997, Julaine came to work at The Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) as Director of Office Operations. She served in that capacity until November, 1998, when she was asked to become the Executive Director of WFC.