Valerie Richter, Director of Operations

Valley Academy for the Arts is pleased to introduce Valerie Richter as Director of Operations. Valerie has over 15 years in supply chain & operations management in both the private and public sectors. She has spent the past five years consulting nonprofit organizations through grant writing, event planning and operations in Kentucky and Wisconsin. Valerie will be responsible for strategic development and execution of program policies and procedures, human resources, database and financial management, client retention and community outreach.  Valerie will report to VAA Founder, Anne Marie Abderholden and will interact with the VAA Governing Board. 

“I have spent the majority of my childhood and adult life moving between the Midwest and Southeast. Ballet was my foundation and proved to be a  continuous opportunity to strengthen the practice of discipline. Ballet truly gave me a greater sense of community. As I progressed into competitive swimming and dance, ballet was either a pre-requisite or a requirement. I’m truly grateful for the dance education I received as it led to the exposure of culture and appreciation for other art forms. I am excited to be a part of the VAA team. I am passionate about its mission, vision and goals and look forward to serving students, parents, alumni and the greater Fox Valley community.”

Valerie completed a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Marian University and attends Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, studying Philanthropy and Non-profit Management with a concentration in Six Sigma. Valerie lives with her husband and daughter in Neenah.

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