Valerie was born in Burlingame, CA and moved to her Great
cabin in Guerneville when her parents divorced. She attended
Elementary and El Molino High School and graduated from the Russian
River Charter High School.
Ever since she was a small child, her own
fascinated her, and she was diligent in poking her elders
interesting and spectacular stories. Her interest in her family's
coincided with her interest in Guerneville and Russian River histories
and she spent
many hours reading books on the subject, such as "The Russian River"
Wilson and "Guerneville Early Days" by John Schubert, with whom she
coauthored the book, "Then & Now: Russian River."
She is currently
the Russian River Chamber of Commerce and is a student at the Santa Rosa
Junior College. She and her husband, Jesse, are raising their two children in