Valerie is the Business Development Manager for Alternative Communication Services (ACS) LLC. Prior to joining ACS, she served as Health Educator Consultant for the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (FCCDHH). Valerie is an oral, late-deafened adult who uses bi-lateral cochlear implants. She also utilizes many other types of assistive technology in her activities of daily living. As a person who lost her hearing while she was still in the workforce, Valerie has experienced first-hand the struggles faced by all persons with disabilities to maintain employment, independence and full-participation in public-life.
Valerie conducts trainings and advises and educates public and private organizations on methods that improve communication access for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind. She has presented widely at the national, state, and local level to conventions, professional associations, continuing education organizations, employers, healthcare providers, law enforcement and public safety organizations, and businesses. She also provided subject matter expertise by serving on a number of state councils, commissions, and task forces in Florida.
Valerie is active in the deaf and hard of hearing community. She was appointed to the HLAA Board of Trustees in May 2013 and serves on the board of trustees of the Sarasota Chapter. She is a member of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults and chairs the Outreach Committee. She was nominated by Communication Access Inc. for its 2013 Hearing Loss Advocate of the Year. She also supports the Humane Society of Manatee County.