Valerie retired from the El Dorado County Health Department in December 2006 after 30+ years working as a Public Health Nurse/Manager. She was raised in Placerville, and attended St Francis Memorial Hospital, School of Nursing (San Francisco), The Ohio State University (BSN), and University of Washington (MN). Valerie first joined the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Board in 1991. During her 34 years in Public Health, plus serving on the LTUSD Board of education, working within the community with various community organizations, social services, school committees, and raising a daughter, Valerie soon recognized that children in the community would greatly benefit from an organization that provided an alternative to a latch key kid existence after school each day and during the summer. Since retiring, along with serving on the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Board, she volunteers extensively with Zone 4 of Pacific Swimming as an official at area swim meets, as well as Zone 4 board member, Zone Officials Co-Chair, and Zone representative to Pacific Swimming meetings. In her spare time, Valerie and her husband Jerry enjoy traveling (including lengthy trips to Alaska and across Canada), visiting their daughter, skiing, kayaking, hiking, photography, working swim meets, and watching The Ohio State University football and Basketball. In addition she enjoys reading and knitting hats, which she has donated to Caps for Kids or other charities for several years.