Joining the Severn Leadership Group (SLG) Board of Directors as a Director in 2021, Valerie now serves as the Secretary of the Board.
Valerie has always been a conscientious and compassionate person determined to make a difference in the world. In her 30-plus years as a non-profit professional, Valerie led development teams to raise morale, enthusiasm, and over $200 million dollars. Working alongside employees from companies like Walt Disney World, Lockheed Martin, Bank of America and others, she learned how to uniquely engage with community leaders on building solid foundations that affect change.
In her family relations role at A. Duda & Sons, Inc., Valerie works with the governance team and a family council to ensure the Duda family and the company’s shareholders are engaged on the family business and how to become better steward owners.
Valerie has served in numerous positions on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Florida Chapter including Chair for National Philanthropy Day and President of the Chapter. She has also served on the board of directors for AFP International. In 2015, she was selected as Outstanding Fundraising Professional by AFP Central Florida. A steadfast alumnus of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, Valerie is a Whiting Society member. She also champions her sister’s legacy through an endowment at Stetson Law School in Gulfport, Florida. She has served on the advisory board for Dueling Dragons and a mentor/trainer/speaker for United Way of America, Junior League, and the National Boys & Girls Club.
Valerie is an avid US Masters swimmer, writer, traveler, gardener, and enjoys spending time with family.