Julie Ramza was born and raised in Streator, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1975, she did a short stint with a chain, then went to work for an independent pharmacy. In 1988, she obtained a MBA from Lewis University and in 1994, purchased two stores. Along with her cousin, John, she then purchased two more stores, sold one and now 40+ years later, she and John co-operate the only independent pharmacies in Ottawa and Streator, Illinois.
Ramza has been very active in the community serving on many boards and belonging to many organizations.