Valerie Van Campen was born on the Allegheny Reservation of the Seneca Nation in Western New York State. Her husband Tony’s military career has allowed her the opportunity to live in different areas of the United States and to try her hand at a variety of careers. These have included Medical Technologist, Health Educator, Substitute Teacher, Daycare Provider, and Quilting Instructor. Now a “middle-aged church lady”, Valerie currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia, where she volunteers at a faith-based after school program.