Valerie is the wife of a remarkable man, and the mother of three children, two of whom have various degrees of mental illness. Valerie is no stranger to mental illness herself as a sufferer of depression on and off for years. Her passion is to help end the stigma of mental illness, and to help equip churches with the skills needed to understand, encourage, and accept people with special needs. She's also a geek extraordinaire who loves fantasy, including (but not limited to) Doctor Who, Marvel movies (especially Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and many more fandoms that she can't remember off the top of her head. She loves to read, or listen to audiobooks (which, frankly, is easier to do when she's going back and forth to work). Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Stephen R. Lawhead (not necessarily in order). Her all time favorite books (and book series) are The Bible, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Watership Down, The Pendragon Cycle, and Harry Potter Series. She has a love of all things techy, especially web design.