Julia has extensive experience in the fields of hospice and bereavement care, and teaches the Grief and Loss course at Case Western Reserve University, st both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as an Independent Social Worker. Her experiences include caring for the terminally ill and their families, bereavement care services, community education, traumatic death interventions, research, supervision of graduate students, coordination of volunteer programs and development of psychosocial components for hospice programs. Julia is a skilled practitioner in counseling and program development, with a Bachelor's (Cleveland State University) and Master's Degree (Case Western Reserve University) in Social Work. She has published in The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care and The Exceptional Parent. Julia is a founding board member of the Northeast Ohio Bereavement Council and was active on their board for more than ten years. Julia is currently employed at Cornerstone of Hope Bereavement Center as their Education Director, and has spoken at over 500 local and national workshops. She has traveled 17 times to Africa and Asia, lecturing in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and orphanages. She is on the board of Worldview Kids, a compassion organization serving the poor and powerless in Africa. Julia lives in Cleveland, OH and has two adopted children, both in college: a daughter from China, and a son from Madagascar.