Julie Jarrell Bailey
Co-Founder and Board Member
Julie brings decades of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, having worked primarily in public relations and community program development. Among her achievements, in 2000 she established the Family Advocacy Network (FAN) program at Mental Health America of the Triangle which provided advocacy, training and support to parents raising children with mental health issues. Julie was also a recipient of the 2009 Heroes in the Fight Award presented by the NC Coalition for Persons Disabled by Mental Illness and, along with husband Steve, is the 2017 co-recipient of the NC Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health Advocacy Award presented by the NC Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health. In addition to her work in advocacy and education, Julie is author of “The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion and Beyond,” (New Harbinger, 2001). She retired as Executive Director for Josh’s Hope in 2018 and remains an active volunteer in areas of need within the organization. In addition to her role at Josh’s Hope, Julie enjoys baking bread and canning/preserving produce grown on the Josh’s Hope farm, making handmade soaps and working on art projects to fulfill her creative needs.