A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Julaine Appling moved to Wisconsin following graduating from college and has lived there most of the intervening years. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Humanities, a B.S. in English Education, a M.S in Administration and Supervision, with additional graduate-level course work at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.
An educator at heart, Julaine has taught in private schools from the junior high level through college, as well serving five years as administrator of a private school.
In 1997 Julaine accepted a position with Wisconsin Family Council. She has been the leader of this statewide pro-family organization since 1998, currently serving as president. Wisconsin Family Council, organized in 1986, is the only organization in
Wisconsin dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the natural family.
Julaine is a statewide leader in the effort to strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin. As she says, the entire state of Wisconsin is now her classroom. A 2012 Madison-based publication declared that Julaine “may be the most important social conservative in the state.”
Julaine is regularly sought by media outlets, as well as by civic organizations, churches, and other groups statewide, to speak on various issues impacting Wisconsin’s families.
In 2007, Focus on the Family awarded Julaine, as WFC’s CEO, the Family Policy Council Community Impact Award for her statewide leadership on Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment. Julaine was also the recipient of the 2007 Patrick Henry Award from the Christian Benevolent Society given for leadership in the face of adversity. In 2015, Julaine was a finalist for Wisconsin’s Right Women “Iron Lady Award.”
A strong believer in community involvement, Julaine was twice elected to her local school board and served two terms on the City of Watertown Public Library Board of Trustees, where she was president 2002-2005. Her previous board experience also includes the Wisconsin Coalition Against Gambling Expansion, Wisconsin Abstinence Coalition and the Jefferson County Library Council.