Erlanger School of Nursing, affiliated with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1976. From 1976 to 1993 Valerie worked at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. She had a very versatile background in the hospital from the nursery to ICU.

The majority of her time working in the hospital was spent on the surgical and telemetry floors. She came to PHHI in 1993 and has worked as a staff nurse, Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Clinical Manager and is currently the Assistant Director of Clinical Services.