In addition to portraying “Fay Walker” on Days of Our Lives for several years, Valerie has appeared in numerous television shows and films, including Lifetime’s “Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer,” “NCIS,” “The Mentalist,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Nip/Tuck,” “CSI,” Hallmark’s “Mystery Woman,” HBO’s award winning “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” Oliver Stone’s acclaimed “Salvador,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Internal Affairs,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Dear God,” “Chicago Hope,” “Tracey Takes On,” “Fired Up,” “Crime and Punishment in Suburbia,” “Dangerous Women” (series regular “Patricia/Faith”) and a recurring role on “Beverly Hills, 90210” as “Christine Petit”. With a strong theater background, Valerie is also a recipient of the Dramalogue Award for Best Actress.
Valerie feels that an integral part of her life purpose is to help others realize their magnificence and power to make a difference in the world. Towards that end, she hosts AngelsAmongUs.TV and spends a great deal of time meeting “everyday angels” in housing projects, homeless shelters, community clinics, juvenile halls, inner city schools, recovery centers and doing relief work throughout the world. She has counseled and mentored young people of diverse backgrounds in various parts of the U.S. and numerous countries abroad, helping to implement and facilitate sustainable Youth Leadership programs through various organizations, such as Council in Schools/Circle Ways, Ojai Foundation, Global Youth Peace Summits (California, Kenya, South Africa), Institute for Emerging Visionaries, and V.I.S.T.A. She has been a Spokesperson on Children’s Issues for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. After the tsunami, Valerie assisted Operation USA (www.opusa.org) with disaster relief efforts and psychosocial trainings on Child Trauma in Sri Lanka. Valerie has also been a relief worker/coordinator for Operation USA in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, and the Philippines as well as for the Peace Corps in the “barrios” of Colombia. Domestically, she coordinated the Operation USA Clinic Program, providing assistance and supplies to numerous clinics throughout Los Angeles serving low-income and homeless families. As a liaison with the Hollywood entertainment community, she helped to organize a star-studded Operation USA concert at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring Julie Andrews, to raise funds for the thousands rendered homeless by the Mexico earthquakes. Through these programs and more, Valerie continually comes to know countless everyday “angels among us.” Valerie also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, speaks Spanish fluently, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Expressive Arts and Child/Adolescent Trauma. Also certified in Interactive Guided Imagery and Herbalism, Valerie is also interested in the healing effects of plants and imagery.
Expanding her efforts to uplift the human spirit into the development of film and television projects, Valerie has created WildSpirit Productions, Inc. Over the years, Valerie has also worked in production and post-production with several producers and directors, including Robert Altman, Brian Grazer and Lou Adler. Through her work in the world, Valerie hopes to inspire others to believe that they can live their dreams and make a difference in the world moment-to-moment.