CEO and Founder
Valarie has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration also from Western Michigan University. She has over 18 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field.
Over 15 years ago, her desire to see change and transformation was her driving force to birth The Synergy Health Center. She saw a need to provide culturally sensitive, relevant programs within hard to reach areas and services in the community she serves. Valarie's love and compassion to see those in hurting helped and healed led her to continue to expand programs and services that extend beyond the borders of Kalamazoo.
When available to counsel, her specialty area is Faith Based Counseling, Marriage and Couples counseling especially to those in leadership (pastors, and leadership team members), adults and teenagers.
In 2014, the UrbanZone was launched to provide a safe haven for teenagers to include an educational learning center., a commercial kitchen and a recording and a recording studio to engage teens in healthy healing and engagement.