Valaree grew up in the real-life town that inspired the television show Gilmore Girls, but has traveled extensively across the United States throughout her life. Valaree earned a Professional Writing degree from Western Connecticut State University and began working for three chapters of The Y upon graduation. From there, her passion for non-for-profit work led her to the Society of Plastics Engineers and the National Organization for Rare Disorders before landing at Uplifting Athletes. Valaree will graduate from West Virginia University in 2023 with a Master of Science degree in Data Marketing. Valaree’s personal philosophy is that for-purpose work should be done with purpose and specializes in strategic, data-driven marketing.

Valaree rode horses and taught professionally for many years as a hunt seat rider before retiring to enjoy riding as a recreational pursuit. These days, Valaree is married with two dogs and a cat, enjoys reading and rooting for Philadelphia-based sports.

Valaree serves the rare disease community as Uplifting Athletes’ Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing Communications.