Valerie was raised in the border city of El Paso, TX, just south of the Rio Grande. She graduated with a degree in Human Services at the University of Phoenix. Valerie started her career with social services back in early 2000. She has been working in the field of drug use, harm reduction, and HIV prevention. She has dedicated her career to giving individuals the opportunity for success through education and leadership. Not only does Valerie have a passion for community building but the love of being her children’s cheerleader.