Julie Schuller

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Tim Sheehy, president of the MMAC, said Milwaukee can’t achieve its potential without initiatives like the Hispanic Collaborative that address disparities in the community.

Julie Schuller

President and chief executive officer
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
1032 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive, Milwaukee | sschc.org
Industry: Health care | Employees: 380

  • Early on as a child, Schuller knew she wanted to help people. By age 12, she had decided to become a doctor.
  • While in medical school at Northwestern University, she completed several internships in Chicago related to urban health, including a summer working in the Cabrini–Green housing development. “It really deepened my desire to give back and, particularly as a doctor in health care, to go to places that may not otherwise get health care.”
  • Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, Schuller attended Saint Jude the Apostle School and Pius XI High School. She went on to marry her high school sweetheart.
  • Schuller is passionate about serving a diverse patient population.
  • She sees nonprofit leadership as both a science and an art. “Science is methodical and predictable. Passion and mission aren’t, so it’s harder because it’s not necessarily predictable.”
  • She’s a big fan of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. “It’s helped me tremendously to understand people and to allow staff to build on their strengths.”
  • Amid uncertainty in the health care sector, Schuller said it’s important to stay calm. “There’s never been a time of this much uncertainty in health care. It’s very challenging to stay calm about it, but you have to. And now, more than ever, you have to stay focused on your mission and yet stay really nimble.”

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