Valery received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983. She is a practicing artist and is represented by the Burkholder Project Gallery. She has studied at the Scottsdale School of Art and works out of her studio. She has had many one person shows and her work is in private collections nationally. Valery served on the MEDICI Board and is a long time member of the HLCFPA Alumni Board. Valery helped to found the Bryan Health Art Committee and is the Director of the Bryan Art Gallery. Her design, “Nebraska Wildflowers” was chosen to be included in the public art project, Nebraska By Heart in celebration of Nebraska’s 150th Anniversary.