Valerie's doctorate degree is from the Union Institute and University, a distance-learning program based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her specialization is Social Psychology. She has a Master's of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University. She has a husband, three sons, and three adopted dogs. She has two published books and her third book is in progress. Her first love is writing. She writes like some people eat popcorn. Her varying interests include: art, singing, gardening, beading, and reading. Hard work and Valerie are old friends. After being raised by her grandmother, Valerie put herself through undergraduate school by working as a kitchen helper and Certified Nurse's Aide.
She has taught several classes at the undergraduate and graduate-level for ground and online colleges. Valerie also maintains her credentialing as Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her professional experience includes