Valerie literally grew up with the Hearing Dog program. As a child Valerie helped her mother, IHDI co-founder Martha Foss, train dogs. She officially joined the IHDI team in 1988 as director of training after graduating from Front Range Community College. Since becoming executive director, Valerie has traveled internationally to aid in the start of similar programs. In 2007 she was named “Woman of the Year” by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for her work with IHDI.