Military/government; fitness; music, food, technical writing; psychology (specifically criminal behavior and police psychology)
One could say I am a renaissance man (or woman as it maybe) and owe that to my time in the military in which I have been and continue to be exposed, to other cultures and experiences. I love swimming, especially open water swimming and have done so twice in the Caspian Sea. I am an epicure thanks to my inner fat kid who loves to cook and eat a variety of fine foods and drinks.
As a polymuse, music is a huge part of my life. I go from listening to 90s grunge music one minute, trap music the next, and classic or soulful jazz after that. I don't just listen to music; I also play it on my cello.
Working the mental healthcare needs of inmates including, screening, psychological assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, anger management, crisis management, court-ordered evaluations, or daily inpatient rounds. Consult with prison staff, inmate attorneys, advocates, and court systems on a variety of mental health-related topics or recommendations garnered as a result of psychological assessment
Worked as a certified NASM personal trainer for 2 years. Val's client won the clubs Biggest Loser Contest for most weight loss. While she no longer formally train individuals, Val continues to keep her knowledge up to date by attending conferences, taking courses, and conducting N1 style experiments and staying current with science-based eating regiments.
Valerie is a senior level leader with over 17 years of service in the United States Army and currently works for the Department of Energy (DOE) as a technical writer and work planner. Valerie has served three overseas combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Resolute Support (RS). She has trained Iraqi troops in United States Army tactics and procedures for mounted combat engagements. She has worked on multiple weapons projects for the DOE.
Valerie writes many write papers for her command especially on logistics and new military weapons systems. She has an amazing ability to take complex ideas and describe them the in plain, simple language.
She has spent 3 years as a military instructor teaching new junior level logistics officers’ leadership and technical logistics skills. Currently, she is completing a division level mortuary affairs policy for joint coordination between the US Army and civilian first responders and authorities within the United States.