Foundation Board Member Q&A: Julie Olsen

Julie Olsen

Q: Where did you grow up, and how long have you and your family been in Northwest Arkansas?

A: I was born and raised near Hastings, Neb., and attended college there. My husband Derrik and I are native Nebraskans but have lived in South Carolina, Texas, Iowa and Tennessee before moving to Northwest Arkansas in 2006 with our two sons.

Q: Tell us about your profession.

A: I spent the early part of my career in marketing and human resources, but transitioned to a career in non-profit fund development after finishing my master’s degree in the mid-‘90’s. I currently serve as director of development at the University of Arkansas and am responsible for raising private gift support for graduate and international students/programs and research initiatives across campus.

Q: What is your academic background?

A: I have two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Voice Performance from Hastings College (Neb.) and a master’s degree in Voice Performance from The University of Texas at Austin.

Q: Tell us about your family.

A:I have been married to my wonderful husband Derrik for 29 years. We have two sons: Ben (22), who is a senior at the University of Arkansas and Ethan (19) who will start his college studies at NWACC this fall.

Q: How/when were you elected to the Foundation Board, and how do you see yourself best contributing?

A: I was elected to the BTV Foundation board in January 2018 and am in my second year of a three-year term. I hope my professional experience as a major gift officer will be of tremendous benefit to the board and BTV as we work to expand our philanthropic footprint for the betterment of our residents and this incredible community.

Q: What sets Butterfield apart, in your opinion?

A: Butterfield is a true gem in the Northwest Arkansas community! The residential, social and health care services we provide on our campus are unparalleled in our region. I am also blessed to know many residents who also attend the same church as my family (First United Presbyterian) and who are involved throughout the community in the arts and various non-profits. I consider it a great privilege and honor to serve on this board to ensure its future growth and success for our current residents and the generations who will benefit from this community in the decades to come.

Q: What would you like to tell current and/or future residents about Butterfield?

A: Butterfield is a wonderful family of residents who care for one another, and it provides countless opportunities for residents to develop new friendships and participate in activities both on our beautiful campus and throughout the community. And, our leadership and staff are second to none! They are always quick to give you a warm greeting, ensure our residents have the highest quality of care to fit their needs, and truly conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and heart.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes?

A: I enjoy reading mysteries and history-based novels, traveling (for pleasure, outside of work), attending concerts (classical, jazz, opera and musicals), and spending time with my family.