Valerie is a freelance photographer and holds a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She photographs a wide variety of genres from portraits to adventure travel. She assists National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen and leads international trips for National Geographic Student Expeditions. She worked as a Senior Instructor for Red Cliff Ascent Wilderness Therapy Program, leading students in the desert mountains and mentoring them in survival and life skills. Throughout college and most of her career, Valerie has spent much of her time facilitating groups, leading trips, mentoring and teaching numerous crafts; both professionally as well as volunteering.
Valerie sojourns throughout the world immersing herself in other cultures, collecting life experiences, adopting what inspires her and brings back traditional aspects to her community. This expanded knowledge has inspired her to share the collective wisdom with others to achieve wholeness. Valerie is passionate about our intrinsic connection to the natural world and using food as medicine. She spends her time traveling, rock climbing, practicing acroyoga, dancing, playing fiddle and bowhunting. She has trained under AcroYoga co-founder Jason Nemer at a Solar Immersion. Acroyoga has lead her to her most recent passion of learning the art of Thai massage. She started her Thai massage training in Asheville, NC and has continued her studies in Thailand with Ajarn Pichet Boonthumme.