Valerie E. Wells serves as our Director of US programs, leading StrongMinds’ expansion into the US, including program design, staff recruitment, training, operations, and logistics. Valerie previously served as a Program Director in NYC, overseeing supportive housing facilities, single men and women shelters, family shelters, and domestic violence facilities.

Valerie holds a Master’s in Business Administration & Nonprofit Management, a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Berkeley College, and a Bachelors in Mental Health and Human services obtained from Kingsborough Community College. Valerie brings 18 years of experience in the Human Service profession, experiencing various positions and working with diverse populations throughout her career. Valerie is committed to understanding the needs of the people she serves and the obstacles they face. She believes that change happens when people are empowered to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live happy and fulfilling lives.