Valerie joined the UUCC staff in August 2019 as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries. She brings to UUCC her experiences as a leader and organizer with Industrial Area Foundation affiliate organizations in Baltimore, where she worked with city leaders on policing reforms, and Montgomery County, where she helped young adults within congregations build relationships with their own church leaders.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University in piano performance, with minors in English literature and flute performance. Valerie has worked in a variety of professional capacities, including non-profit program management and digital marketing content strategy. And yes, she still plays the piano, dabbling in the occasional chamber music or concert opera performance.
Valerie and her husband John live in Baltimore City.