Valerie Conger was born in Wiesbaden, Germany. She grew up as a military brat on Spangdahlem, Germany and attended high school at the French military school in Trier, Germany. After receiving her Baccalaureat, Valerie continued her studies in Strasbourg, France, then attended the Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Nantes. In the course of a dual degree program with HEC Nantes, Valerie obtained her Masters in Business Administration from the Ohio State University. With a love for travel, Valerie was making her way to Australia when she decided to visit the National Parks out West. While visiting Jackson Hole in the summer of 1995, Valerie experienced a real and tangible sense of place which compelled her to call Jackson Hole home. Valerie has been living in Jackson Hole since 1996 and enjoys an active lifestyle of long hikes in Grand Teton National Park, back-country skiing, skate-skiing, rock climbing and biking. She continues to discover the world in her free time and frequently travels to France to visit her family.