Valerie joined the UUCC staff in August 2019 as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries. In this role, she works to connect high-school aged youth and young professionals in the UUCC community to each other and to the congregation.
She brings a community organizing lens to her ministry work, prioritizing relationship-building and listening. Valerie is a lead organizer with End Medical Debt Maryland, serves on the outreach committee of the Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition, and is the founder of Movement Monday, a community gathering of Baltimore City activists. She is a facilitator with Racism Education Engaging Leaders into Liberation (REELL), a racism education series offered to behavioral health providers through Behavioral Health System Baltimore.
Valerie holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University in piano performance, with minors in English literature and flute performance. She has previously worked as program manager for Voices of Note, Inc., the parent organization of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus, and as content strategist, copywriter, and project manager in the digital marketing world.
Valerie and her spouse John live in Baltimore City, where she enjoys reading on her front porch and performing chamber music with friends.