Valerie followed the path of many staff members. She started as a volunteer in 2003, became a part-time employee in 2004, and moved to fulltime staff (Co-director) in 2007. Her current responsibilities include grant writing/tracking, teaching classes, assisting with curriculum development, event planning, assisting the aquarist when needed and a variety of other jobs.
She has a M. S. in biology from Cal State Long Beach where she focused her research on phytoplankton. Plankton and seaweed are still her favorite topics to discuss and teach. She is glad the Roundhouse provides a beautiful and safe place for people of all ages to learn about the oceans, marine life and the environment. When she teaches, she tries to emphasize that science is important and fun. Her personal life focuses on her two children who love to visit mommy at work and pose for pictures with the various animals.