Valerie graduated from Florida Metropolitan University, North Orlando, with a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies in 2011. She also pursued and obtained her certificate as a New York State Certified Paralegal in 2021. During college, she worked as a deputy clerk for the Clerk of the Circuit Courts in Florida. Valerie has thirteen years of experience working as a paralegal and assisting in law office administration in the Capital District for a nationwide law firm and at private practice law firms. She is a member of the Capital District Paralegal Association (CDPA), the Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations (ESAPA), the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).