Julie has been married to Ron Olthoff since 1986 (36 years). Ron is a union (UFCW 1546) electrician working for Land O' Frost for over 26 years. They attend CrossPoint Church and have participated in 8 mission trips to Argentina, 1 to Brazil, and 2 to Panama City, Panama. Julie's favorite pastime is working with clay on the pottery wheel. They are not related to Olthof Homes; the spelling is different.
Born, raised, and educated in Northwest Indiana, Julie's life experiences, problem solving skills and servant attitude make her the best choice as your state representative. The second oldest of 7 children, Julie attended Lew Wallace High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Indiana University Northwest, and paid for her schooling by working as a cake decorator at Glen Park Bakery. Growing up in Gary and living in Lake County gave Julie a solid appreciation for the rich diversity in our community, something to be celebrated.
Employed at Ad-com Advertising for 9 years, she quickly earned the position of art director. Branching out to start VIA Marketing in 1987, an award-winning local marketing communications company, Julie grew the company to 15 employees. In 2007 the recession hit hard and just like most small companies, she learned the pain of letting a few good employees go. The team at VIA made it through the pandemic. Strength of character and innovation are built during hard times. VIA Marketing has been in business for over 34 years, employs six professionals, and is an IDOA Women Business Enterprise (WBE certified since 1998) and INDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Julie's wisdom, compassion, and resilience are on display in how she runs the company.
R-Indiana State Representative: District 19, Served Three Terms 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2021-2022
Merrillville Plan Commission: 2002 - 2008, 2010-2012, 2019-2020
Merrillville Board of Zoning Appeals: Served July 1994-December 1997, Chairman 1995, Re-appointed 2012 & 2019-2020, Vice President 2020
Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series: Class of 2019-2020
Merrillville Redevelopment Authority: President 2014-2019
Merrillville Redevelopment Commission: 2020
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