Julie has been married to Ron Olthoff since 1986 (34 years). Ron is a union (UFCW) electrician working for Land O' Frost for 24 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 paid her way through Indiana University Northwest, earning a Bacherlor of Arts degree with honors, by working as a cake decorator at Glen Park Bakery. Growing up in Gary and working in Merrillville, gives Julie a solid appreciation of the richness diversity brings to a community, something we should celebrate.
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. Strength of character is built during hard times and the team at VIA has made it through the pandemic. Julie's wisdom, compassion and resilience serve the citizens of Indiana well. She is the owner and driving force of VIA Marketing, . As an IDOA Women Business Enterprise (WBE certified since 1998) and INDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), serving Northwest Indiana for over 32 years, VIA employs six professionals.
R-Indiana State Representative: District 19, Served Two Terms 2015-2018
Merrillville Plan Commission: 2002 - 2008, 2010-2012, 2019-Present
Merrillville Board of Zoning Appeals: Served July 1994-December 1997, Chairman 1995, Re-appointed 2012 & 2019-Present, 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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