“I was told that in order to represent something well you have to believe in it with your entire being. JuliAnn is just that…an image of passion and enthusiasm that lives and breathes the essence of Visions. It has been an honor working side by side with her, sharing the common mission of reaching out to support teens & families. If you have not had the chance to meet JuliAnn, please take a moment to watch this: Visions Teen Interview with JuliAnn. Kindly, Christina Howard”
“JuliAnn is the most positive person I’ve ever met. Seriously.” – Joseph Rogers
“Incredibly poised, insightful, and wise beyond her years! She is an amazing role model.” Heather Colligan
It’s been a pleasure watching JuliAnn’s progression expand from client to program aide to counselor and eventually to alumni coordinator and marketing. JuliAnn has continued to grow into an amazing part of the Visions team. We often brag to tours about her because she is truly an example of someone who works hard and continues to put one foot in front of the other and gets results! We can always count on her to be a consistent person for the clients at Visions to talk to. She is just the right touch of tough love and compassion, always keeping the client’s best interests at heart. We are grateful for her work ethic and loyalty. She is truly a leader and we cannot wait to see what she can accomplish next! – Amanda and Chris Shumow
Of course, JuliAnn had to answer a few questions from us as well. As you can see, her passion for what she does is everywhere:
1. What is your greatest accomplishment thus far?
My greatest accomplishment thus far is being a person that my family is proud of. My little sister tells me all the time how she looks up to me and how I am a guiding role in her life. It continually baffles me because for so long I was a bad influence on her and probably not someone she would ever want to be like and now she calls and asks me for advice. That is something I never expected to happen.
2. Your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Elf with Will Ferrell. Or probably any other comedy he is in.
3. If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
If I could do anything in the world I would want to open an animal sanctuary for abused or neglected animals that paired each animal with an abused or neglected kid, so the animal and kid can do the healing work together.
4. Would you rather sail the sea or climb to the top of Mount Everest?
I would rather sail the sea, even though I get sea sick.
5. Cake or pie?
Anything chocolate….or red velvet.
6. What’s your favorite book and why?
The Hunger Games series and the Harry Potter series, they are both so captivating and have every element you could want in a book: romance, mystery, violence, etc.
7. Katniss or Hermione?
Katniss, I find her commitment to her anger amusing.
8. What would you say to your teenage self if you knew what you knew now?
I would tell my teenage self to breathe, chill out, get involved in yoga, horseback ride while you still can and write a gratitude list. Your life is not as hard as you think it is.
9. What inspires you?
I am inspired by anyone that does good in the world. There is a lot of hurt, sadness, homelessness and greed but there are also a lot of good-hearted people who are willing to help and make things better.
10. Why do you choose to work for Visions?
I initially chose to work for Visions because I wanted to help other teens who are as lost and confused as I was. I continue to work at Visions because I know that by doing this I am helping save lives and families. Every kid that is helped here can go out and touch that many more lives. My hope is that we are all creating a ripple effect of love and healing that will continue to spread.