IWH Co-Director of Professional & Community Education
Coordinator of Family Life Education, Women’s Health Community Outreach & Lactation Services, VCU Health Systems
Address: PO Box
Valerie is a Women’s and Children’s Health Educator. She earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Duke University, and has been a nurse for 37 years. Valerie is a Certified Lactation Consultant, a Certified Childbirth Educator, and a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators. She is currently the team leader at VCUHS for the Best Fed Beginnings Learning Collaborative, a national initiative to improve outcomes for mothers and babies. She was on faculty for the School of Nursing at UNC Chapel Hill and Virginia Commonwealth University and worked as an infant transport nurse in the NICU in Chapel Hill, N.C. and a preceptor in labor and delivery at VCUHS. Valerie serves on the Virginia State Advisory Council on Breastfeeding, the State Task Force on Breastfeeding, and the Mayor’s Commission on Breastfeeding in Richmond, VA, and is the Lamaze International representative on the United States Breastfeeding committee Advisory Board. Professional affiliations for Valerie include Lamaze International, International Lactation Consultant Association, Central Virginia Nurse Staff Development, and Sigma Theta Tau and has served on the Board of District 5 of Virginia Nurses Association. She is a graduate of the Nurse Leadership Academy.