Elected in 2012, Julie Rogers represents the 5th Kalamazoo County Commission District. Recently appointed to the National Association of Counties Health Steering Committee for the 2014-2015 term, Julie also serves on the Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan’s board of directors and as the Kalamazoo County Commission’s liaison to three committees: Workforce Development, the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Authority Board, and the Economic Development Corporation.
As a 5-year member of the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board, Julie is a leader for responsible environmental cleanup and rehabilitation of contaminated properties in ways that foster economic growth. As its past chairperson, Rogers assisted with business development while creating or maintaining over 500 jobs in Kalamazoo County. Her work on the Kalamazoo County Economic Development Corporation has given her a broad understanding of the community’s economic needs, its success stories, and the potential for even more growth.
Julie has been actively engaged in politics for over a decade. She has fought for adequate Medicare coverage as the Michigan Physical Therapy Federal Affairs Liaison. In 2007 she met with Congressman Fred Upton and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow thereby securing their endorsements for a bill to maintain Medicare benefits.
A practitioner of outpatient physical therapy at Borgess Woodbridge Hills in Portland, Michigan, Julie specializes in spine care. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Physical Therapy at Marquette University. Additionally, she has an advanced certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from McKenzie Institute International.
Julie is married to Dr. Ed Orloff, DPT, Dip MDT, CSCS who practices physical therapy at Borgess Brain and Spine Institute in Kalamazoo.
Born and raised in the greater Kalamazoo area, Julie and her husband live in Kalamzoo where they train as runners and triathletes.