Board of Directors, Board Chair
Valerie joined Ruff Start Rescue’s Board of Directors in March of 2020 and currently serves as Board Chair. Having a passion for animals and providing a home to many senior dogs, all who were rescues, Valerie wanted to volunteer her time to help as many animals as possible to find loving homes.
As Chief Operating Officer for a national nonprofit that operates in multiple states, Valerie has experience developing and sustaining an infrastructure to support organizational growth. In her current role, she oversees finance, Information technology, human resources, grants management, legal & compliance, and facilities.
Valerie earned an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix, a BSBA from Arizona State University and is Six Sigma certified in process improvement. Valerie resides in Elk River, Minnesota with her two rescue pups, Casey, and Jack and four goldfish won at the county fair. The oldest of which is 15! In her spare time, Valerie visits her hometown on Lake Superior where she is restoring a historic home, caring for and riding her horses, and gardening.