Born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Julie Verrette learned early to get out into the winter world and enjoy it.
Now the owner of Summer Place Kennel just over the border in Wisconsin, this sled dog kennel provides a home to retiring racing dogs from Alaska and several rescued dogs. A graduate of the University of Miami, 1962, B.A,.and of Michigan State University, M.A., 1963, she worked in universities as a counselor (Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University) and then worked in the corporate management sector in Risk Management, Human Resources and Consulting.
The kennel offers "Learn to Drive a Sled" lessons and mentors interested people in learning to drive and race. Julie has volunteered at the 1,000 mile Alaskan Iditarod race numerous times and has raced, including in the Businessman's Race in Nome. She has three children and three grandchildren.