Valerie was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science (now known as Simmons Institute of Funeral Service) in 1984. She became a New York State licensed funeral director one year after graduation. She worked for funeral homes in southern New York State.
Valerie and her family moved to Hilton Head Island in 1997. In February of 2005, Valerie joined the staff of The Island Funeral Home and Crematory as a service coordinator. In February of 2007, she became a South Carolina licensed funeral director. Valerie is a member of Congregation Beth Yam and served on the Board of Directors for five years.
Valerie lives on Hilton Head Island with her family.