Board Profile: Sr. Valerie, Board of Trustees

From the beginning of Bethany House in 1984, Sister Valerie’s connection to the organization was established through a profoundly personal experience: her sister was among the first residents seeking refuge with her three children.

From her pivotal role as a Board of Trustees member to her broader leadership within the Sisters of St. Francis in Sylvania, Ohio, Sr. Valerie’s infuses every aspect of Bethany House’s work with selflessness and compassion. Her love for children and families is felt in all her ministries, and she is a true woman of peace and seeker of justice.

Sr. Valerie’s journey with Bethany House is a testament to the transformative power of personal experience and the enduring impact of individuals whose tireless efforts have shaped and enriched the lives of countless individuals and families within the community.

Read on to learn more about Sister Valerie and what’s in store for her in 2024.

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What excites you about the mission?

So many women need help and support. Bethany is a wonderful place for women to find that help and support.

How does your background impact your work at Bethany House?

As a teacher and former principal in central city schools I saw many families who needed the help and support that Bethany provides. I used to keep some of the brochures about Bethany in the office and occasionally gave a brochure to mothers who came into the office needing help.

What is a 2024 goal you are most excited to work on?

I am most excited about the awareness that seems to be building at both the state and national levels about the need to support victims of domestic violence.

What is the biggest challenge those we serve are facing in 2024?

The biggest challenge is to serve the number of women and children who need our help to escape the domestic violence situation they are in.

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