Valerie was born and raised in Omaha, NE. She graduated a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado Steve University and worked in human services for Ten years prior to pursuing nursing. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2044 and Master of Science in Nursing Education in 2007 from Nebraska Methodist College. Valerie has spent most of her nursing career working in women’s health. She is currently finishing her Doctoral degree and Family Nurse Practitioner certification and will graduate in August 2017. Valerie lives in Gretna with her husband Jason and has three children. She enjoys running, traveling, and raising autism awareness on behalf of her son.