Valerie brings over 30 years of higher education experience to this work. Her career began at Vassar College where she was a member of the faculty and associate director of athletics. In 1997 she moved to Virginia and Randolph College where she served as the director of athletics and chair of physical education for most of her 10-year tenure but served as the special assistant to the president through the co-education transition. In 2007, she took on the role of senior assistant to the president at Washington and Lee University. Following that she worked as a consultant for her own company, Cushman Curry Consulting, and for Cenergistic, Inc. an energy conservation firm that works with schools and colleges.
Throughout her career her academic and professional work has focused on access to education and equity and opportunity for women, particularly as it relates to Title IX and athletics.
Her educational background includes a B.S. in physical education from SUNY Cortland, an M.S. in sport management from East Stroudsburg University, and a Ph.D. in higher education and cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University.