Munson Health
Leslie Youngflesh Julian

Leslie Julian is about to do something she’s always wanted to do: work for the good of a hospital. As one of the newest - and youngest - members of the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation Board she brings energy, enthusiasm, and a knowledge of the intricacies of health care from the pharmaceutical side.

Prior to her family’s move to Michigan from California, Leslie worked for 10 years for Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, where she managed large accounts, including Blue Shield of California and First Data Bank.

She was in charge of formulary negotiations and acceptance of proprietary drugs for all of her assigned accounts, including HMO's and regional hospital systems.

"I’ve just always loved health care," she said. "For a while I wanted to sell CT scan machines, but I ended up in marketing, and then moved into pharmaceuticals. In California, I learned a lot about managed care - it was fascinating." Her experience resulted in understanding how important health care access is to people, and the adverse consequences when it is unavailable or denied.

"Since health care involves a great deal more than medicine these days, I think I can bring some business aspects based on a decade of experience with managed care. I’m hoping that gives me a base-line knowledge."

Leslie received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from The Ohio State University. Both she and her husband, Jim, were raised in the Midwest, and they decided to move back to raise their children. Jim, a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors, relocated his business to Traverse City. The Julian's have two children: Cole, 12, and Lauren, 9.

"The kids are thriving here and we just love it," Leslie said. She’s been actively involved in the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the March of Dimes, her children’s schools, and church. She also is a proud employee of L. Mawby Vineyards.