Val joined CHIX in May 2009. Before that, she enjoyed success and demand as a model for full-coverage HAZMAT suits (“Funny thing about that gig,” she comments, “I found out those suits are just as good for keeping toxins in as they are for keeping them out!”), and later she worked in an advisory capacity with a major consulting firm, drawing on her vast experience as a consultant to an advisory board. Her credo of “Hey, they pay you the same no matter which end of the pencil you use” rather inadvertently became renowned for its generally-positive effect on employee morale at several major corporations. So, even though there were lucrative lecture tours and book deals in the offing, Val decided instead to follow her heart’s desire and to realize her dream of being a bass player in a rock band. And well-prepared she was for pursuing this dream, because in her scant spare hours she had studied at the feet of some of the greats in that art (Her acquisition of her craft was greatly facilitated, however, upon the realization it was pretty much OK with everyone if she sat in a chair instead). While the list of her mentors reads much like a virtual “who’s who” of the bass-playing world, Val coyly avers “Modesty prevents me from dropping any names. Yes… Modesty, and several restraining orders that are still in effect.”
Val currently resides somewhere in North Texas and is married.