Valerie is a native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and her Master's Degree in Business Administration, with High Distinction, from Keller Graduate School of Management. Prior to joining the firm, Valerie worked at Blue Cross, the Waukesha School District, and a private Health Club. Valerie married her husband Duane in 1993. They currently live in Waukesha with their two children Samantha and Michael. Valerie enjoys gardening, reading, birdwatching and playing with their chocolate lab. In her spare time she volunteers with Path of Paper, a Fair Trade, not-for-profit African Organization.