Julaine Appling

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Julaine K. Appling

Early life and career

Julaine is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where at the age of 5 months, she was adopted into the loving home of Bob and Mary Appling. Following college, Julaine moved to Wisconsin, where she has lived for most of the intervening years. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Humanities, a B.S. in English Education, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision. Through the years she has done additional graduate-level course work at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.

During the nearly 10 years Julaine spent in the classroom in Wisconsin, she taught on the junior high, high school, and college levels. Her primary teaching areas have been history, government, English, and education courses. In addition, for 5 years Julaine was the administrator of a private school; and she has also been office manager for a small law firm in Milwaukee.

Throughout the years, Julaine has had the opportunity to speak on a variety of topics to a variety of groups. She has presented numerous workshops at education conventions, conducted in-service seminars for private schools, and has also spoken in churches and for home-education groups, as well as to a variety of community and civic organizations, such as Rotary Clubs and women's groups.

Julaine is presently on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Abstinence Coalition. She has also served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Gambling Expansion.

Wisconsin Family Council

In October, 1997, Julaine came to work at the Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) as Director of Office Operations. She served in that capacity until November, 1998, when she was asked to become the Executive Director of WFC. The Board of Directors named her CEO in 2006. As CEO, Julaine is responsible to the Board of Directors for the overall operation of WFC.

On the Radio

As a part of her responsibilities, Julaine writes and produces WFC's weekly radio broadcast, "Wisconsin Family Connection," which is currently aired on about 25 Christian radio stations around the state. In addition, she hosts VCY America's Home Front radio program each Wednesday afternoon from September through May.

Wisconsin Marriage Amendment

Julaine was a statewide leader in the effort to preserve traditional one-man/one-woman marriage in Wisconsin that resulted in the passage of the Wisconsin Marriage Amendment, Question 1 (2006) in November 2006.