Originally from Newport Beach, Valerie has called Santa Barbara home for almost twenty years and the California lifestyle is inspiration for all her endeavors. She is a Master Gardener, passionate cook and entertainer, author of the blog Eat Drink Garden, and has been featured in many national and local magazines.
Her love of gardening and food is evident in her work as the Wellness Chair and Garden Club Director at Montecito Union School, and as a former trustee at the Casa del Herrero, a historical house museum and garden in Montecito. Valerie is an avid fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Lotusland, Bellosguardo Foundation, and more.
Valerie's daughters, Ava ’22 and Lily ’24, have inspired her dedication to Laguna Blanca and to co-chairing Laguna's 2018 Gala/Auction. Valerie earned a BA in Film and Media Studies from UCSB where she competed on the Division 1 diving team.