Founded a statistics and mathematics consulting company named The Julia Group (named after her youngest daughter).
First American male or female to win a world championship in judo.
Mother of Olympic judo bronze medalist and UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Holds a PhD and MA degree in educational psychology from the University of California at Riverside, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a BS/BA from Washington University.
Her grandfather was Trinidadian-Canadian, Dr. Alfred Waddell.