I have had the immense pleasure of knowing Valerie since I was in high school. Initially she aided me in coping with the death of my father my freshman year. It was incredibly difficult for me and for my brother who was a junior at the time. Valerie always made a point to check in on both of us and offer to assist us in any way as we coped with such a huge loss.
Valerie was essential in teaching me excellent communication, listening, and problem solving skills. Many of these skills aid me in my life today. I am now a graduate of nursing school and am finding that many of the techniques I was taught are of vital importance in my future career as a nurse. It is difficult to put into words how much Valerie has helped me throughout my life. The two major experiences I mentioned were just the first to come to mind when I think of her. Many days she served simply as a constant reminder to stay strong and that no matter the challenge I was stronger than I thought. I will forever be blessed to know Valerie and have her in my life. She is truly an asset and I believe she has the power to help so many people with her incredible talents like she has for me.