Getting to Know…Julie MacLean, Executive Director

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In March, Will2Walk brought on part-time Executive Director Julie MacLean to assist with furthering the Will2Walk mission of keeping those with spinal cord injuries active, fit and independent.

Prior to joining the Will2Walk Team, Julie worked in the property management and accounting world. She has been volunteering and working with various nonprofit organizations for over twenty years and has a passion for helping others and making the world a better place.

“I am excited to be part of this amazing organization and eager to help Will2Walk grow and support individuals living with an SCI,” reflects Julie. “I try to put myself in their shoes or their parents’ shoes – a traumatic spinal cord injury could happen to anyone and just like that your life is changed forever. To have an organization dedicated to helping those with SCI’s transition to a new way of living has to be a great comfort and is very much needed.”

Working with underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic and adolescent children at Boys Hope Girls Hope in Cincinnati, Julie experienced first hand the positive impact one person can make in service to those in need. She believes Will2Walk is another opportunity to make a real positive difference.

Executive Director Julie MacLean at home with her children while her husband is deployed.

“I look forward to building off the many successful events Will2Walk created in the past and finding new ways to increase our impact by raising more funds for our Scholarship and Emergency Fund programs, which is essential for so many individuals living with an SCI,” notes Julie.

“In her first few months with us, Julie has been instrumental in ensuring we are operating efficiently as a Board and an organization,” shares President Rich Hamill. “With her enthusiasm to take on projects and energy around leveraging our volunteer base, I have no doubt Julie’s impact on Will2Walk will continue to grow.”

A Wisconsin native, Julie now lives in Holly Springs, NC with her five children and husband, Brian, who has been serving in the military at Fort Bragg for the past twelve years. Julie can be reached via email at

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