Family Life & Fitness Consultant~ Author ~ Personal Trainer
Valerie, the Family Team Builder, shows parents how to get back to basics of raising exceptional children in loving close-knit families. A mom of 9, she’s also a Black Belt martial artist delivering sensible, fun energizer programs to help people take their health back.
- Change Management
- Conflict Management Parenting
- Family Team Building
- Life Balance
- Health & Fitness
- Girl’s Self Esteem & Image
- Coaching & Mentoring
- Presentation Skills
- Women Veterans
- Women in Business
Valerie is a Family Team Builder who believes, given the right tools, that parents can construct loving, productive close-knit families. Valerie’s experience as an Air Force Communications Officer gave her the foundational experience of leading military teams. Integrity, accountability, respect, responsibility and conflict resolution at their best was her daily mastery. Valerie took what she learned there, tweaked it with love, and applied it, with powerful results, at home in her family team of 9 children.
Valerie made it through childhood in a Chicago ghetto to later graduate from the University of Michigan – one of few females to earn a STEM degree (Math/Science) and a commission as an Air Force office. She is an entrepreneur and an adjunct professor in business communications.
Valerie earned the highest Toastmasters, International (TI) speaker designation as Advanced Communicator Gold while co-founding several TI clubs. She also served as a TI coach and mentor for female inmates at a federal prison camp. A nationally certified personal fitness trainer, she designs and leads sessions for a senior residential facility. Taking her own fitness to the next level, Valerie is a Black Belt martial artist.
Back to Basic Series
Tuff Mama Time: Raising Children without Losing Your Focus
Parenting is tough work that requires plenty of time, attention and energy. Often moms are in the key position to “be there” physically and emotionally for their children. This program offers guidance to the mother who desires to parent with results while also meeting her own needs. Valerie presents strategies she masterminded and used as a mom of 9 children to help mothers discover ways to structure home with a healthy balance that preserves self.
Getting Children to Help More at Home with Less Push-back
There comes a time in the life of a family when the helpless infant grows from one whose care requires total responsibility of others and into one who shares in family duties. This process of growing children into contributors can be accomplished gradually and well if done with positive and purposeful parenting methods. Valerie, a mother of 9, shares her key strategies that produce children who help more with less negative attitude.
Table Talk for Closer Family Bonds
A family with members who freely chat with one another is one with closer and more intimate bonds. This program supports parents by giving them communications methods that encourage sound engagements in the home. Valerie, a Toastmaster gold-level communicator and TI clubs past-president, teaches proven techniques. As a bonus, she shares tools she designed for her family that can help other parents get theirs talking.
Keys to Manage your Home like a Fortune 500 Company
Any successful Fortune 500 company boasts good infrastructure and operational order. Every employee is aware of business flow and objectives; they then have greater confidence in and expressed buy-in for that company. When a family is similarly viewed, parents operate with utmost effectiveness that comes from good planning. This program presents strategies and tools to help parents discover ways to structure their home and life for greater results, much like any successful company would.
The Beauty of the Bond Series
Strategies to Maintain Positive Sibling Interactions
Some days, every large and small matter seems to cause siblings to fight against one another. These are times when a parent can find themselves at wits end, constantly playing judge and jury between their warring children. While some sibling conflict is normal, it is important that parents find ways to intervene that prevent damaging escalations. Valerie’s 5 sons and 4 daughters have given her decades of experience dealing with sibling conflict resolution strategies – pointing family members towards better relating. This program is designed to empower the parent to proactively build peace-making into family routine.
Making Your “Home Sweet Home” the Entertainment Hub
The family that plays together enjoys being together. Take counsel on ways to spend enriching moments with your children from this mother of 9 (five boys and four girls). From planned adventures to moments of spontaneous fun, see how to transform your home into a place of shared delight for you and your children.
Maintaining Healthy Family Bonds with your Adult Children
The seasons of parenting include early times of learning the attitude of your infant/young child, and then adjusting parenting approaches as they grow. In this program, parents are empowered to continue growing relationship with their adult children, maintaining healthy bonds for life beyond their childhood. Valerie helps parents transition into this next critical phase of life as they learn to enjoy bonds with their adult children.
The Buff the Body Series
Sensible Fitness Strategies For Busy Parents – How to Break down Your Schedule to Build Up Your Body
Parents must be prepared to meet the physical and mental rigors of parenting. It’s a place where family demands seem to increase as time for self-maintenance decreases. This area involves fitness and is commonly the first one neglected. Valerie, a black belt martial artist, nationally certified fitness trainer, business woman and busy mother of 9, presents a program designed to help busy parents build their bodies. Methods shared are based on fitness that is sensible and quick, powerful and doable. Take back your health and get on a sound fitness journey with this empowering program to build a better you.
Fitness: Get Beyond Pitfalls and Disappointments to Benefit Your Body
Why is it that the fitness industry continues to grow while many of its clients continue to decline in achieving basic fitness goals? This program is designed to answer that and many other questions as audiences learn how to avoid common pitfalls of fitness. Asking the right questions, applying right answers, and focusing on the whole person is the basis for concepts presented in this program. Having used fitness to overcome her own major health dilemma, Valerie brings her knowledge as a nationally certified fitness trainer and nutrition coach to help audiences in real ways to own and then reach their individual fitness goals, with or without gyms and trainers.
Devotion in Motion Program
The Devotion in Motion program is an interactive session where Valerie leads attendees in mild cardio and stretching. Attendees are encouraged to bring a water bottle and towel to enjoy this time of doable, targeted movement, combining dance with real fitness routine. Audiences gain fun as they lose some calories in these sessions. This program is excellent to encourage the fun side of fitness. Valerie intersperses easy-to-understand data and tricks of her trade as a certified personal trainer to give attendees an edge on their respective fitness journeys. Since her specialty training is in senior fitness, Valerie is careful to only deliver sessions that are mild and safe for all participants.
** Please first consult with your physician before starting any exercise program