Valerie Walker, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, serves as Director of Social Work at National Louis University. Valerie pursued her education at University of Iowa and Jane Addams College of Social Work in Psychology and Social Work, and continued training on Servant Leadership, Facilitation, immersive learning and transnational field study. Valerie brings decades of experience in direct practice and community organizing, clinical supervision, non-profit leadership and academia to her present role. In her counseling, advocacy and administrative roles, she has worked with persons impacted by poverty, intimate trauma, mental health challenges, parenting, identity issues and holistic health challenges. She is recognized for her consultation and training skills throughout organizations and colleges in the Midwest, and is a frequent facilitator for professional development, including trauma informed practice, racial and social justice, inclusive leadership and strategic planning. Dedicated to her community, she offers her skills, experience and leadership as a diversity dialogues facilitator, Heart of Anti-racism group facilitator, ‘safe church’ consultant, community-based special needs soccer program director, Board Officer for Mundelein (IL) STAND UP, and Advisory member for Camp Kupugani multicultural summer camp. Her most important work is parenting four spirited youth and adult children.