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 spent time in immigrant communities and 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 previously worked as program manager for Voices of Note, Inc., the parent organization of the 100-member Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus, and as content strategist, copywriter, and project manager on a wide variety of digital marketing projects for major organizations worldwide.
Valerie and her husband John live in Baltimore City. In her spare time, she reads, catches symphony and theater performances around the city, and learns and performs chamber music with friends.