Get to know Julienne Vanderziel, a longtime board member and current Director of ITS Applications for The University of Texas.
1. What initially brought you to Texas Advocacy Project?
I worked at Accenture and got involved through them; the more I learned about The Project, the more I wanted to be involved!
2. Why is the Project’s mission important to share with others?
Unfortunately, domestic violence and stalking are still very real problems in our society, with very real victims. We must do everything we can to help stop the cycle, and help the victims escape and make new and better lives for themselves and their families.
3. How has serving as a board member made a difference in your life?
Serving on the board has broadened my knowledge of the issue, and my ability to make an impact. I’ve also met some really terrific people that I never would have crossed paths with otherwise.
4. What have you learned that you didn’t know before joining the board?
How careful The Project is to make sure every dollar is used in the best possible way, to provide help to those in need.
5. What are your personal goals in serving as a board member?
To broaden my understanding of the legal issues surrounding domestic violence – it’s not just about finding a safe place, though that is also very important, it’s about getting a permanent solution so the victim can move forward.
6. What initiative, campaign or event do you enjoy most from the Project?
That’s a hard one – I do love getting all dressed up for the Black & White Ball, and it’s my excuse to buy new shoes, too! But the Teen Ambassadors of Hope program really strikes me as a great way to stop the cycle early, before it starts.
7. How long have you lived in your current city (Austin or Houston)?
I’ve been in Austin for 13 years; I think I have to get to 20 before I can be “native.”
8. What is your occupation and how would you describe what you do day to day?
I am the Director of ITS Applications for The University of Texas. That means I manage a team of programmers, analysts and engineers to support UT's computer systems and web sites.
9. What is your favorite pastime? Where can we typically find you on a Saturday evening?
If the weather cooperates, you’ll find me in my backyard, puttering around my gardens or koi pond. If it’s Saturday evening, I’m probably drinking wine in a nice restaurant, Austin has so many good places to eat!
10. What is your favorite dish or restaurant?
Is chocolate a dish? I’m striving to support all the new places down in Dripping Springs – Treaty Oaks Distillery is great!