Julie Hersh is board president of the Dallas Children's Theater, an active supporter of the Suicide and Crisis Center, Mental Health America, Empower African Children, and other non-profit organisations. Hersh worked in high-tech product development and marketing/sales in Silicon Valley before retiring from a lucrative sales management position after the birth of her first child. A long-time member of the Cooper Center, Hersh ran her first marathon at age forty-eight. She lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas. She speaks frequently to audiences about depression and mental health.