University: UNC Wilmington
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Valerie graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Communication Studies and minor in Political Science. While at UNCW, Valerie focused her studies on Marketing Communication and social justice. As the founder of the Speech and Debate team, The Speechawks, in addition to being the Managing Editor of the university newspaper, Valerie dedicated her four years in college to using her strengths to connect with people. Growing up in the community that played a significant role in her and her family's life, Valerie believes that LFNC is an incredible opportunity to immerse herself into the lives of others and assist them with the necessary resources to be successful.
On her hopes for her community: I hope to learn how to be a better empathetic listener and truly understand sacrifices that should be made for the good of the people.