Val joined IT Services in 2005 as the Marketing & Communications Supervisor, responsible for graphic design and web design. Over the years, her team’s responsibilities grew to include technical writing and communications, and are now shifting again to focus on web services. Before UCLA, Val was at Chapman University, where she worked in various roles in university publications, winning 11 national awards for her graphic and web design work.
Val graduated from Chapman University, with a B.A. in English and did her graduate work in English, M.F.A. program. She then studied traditional figurative painting and illustration at Watts Atelier of the Arts, and Studio 2nd Street. She has also studied photography at Art Center College of Design and information technology project management at UCLA Extension.