Valerie is a Sanford native and has lived here all her life. She holds an MSW from the University of North Carolina and has an extensive background in education. She is a school social worker with Lee County Schools and joined the United Way board in January 2019. Currently, she serves as the board secretary. Valerie is married to Michael Davenport and has 3 grown children, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter.