Valerie Brown-Smith is an office administrator and communications manager for the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center since 2010. She has an MBA and a certification in Community Public Health Practice (CPHP) from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Currently she manages staff and daily administrative functions including the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP). Her experience in various capacities of public health research includes: managing communications and promotions for the center’s products and services, coordinating curricula development for and about CHWs, coordinating and conducting research project activities (recruitment, data entry, focus groups, reporting, interviewing, consenting, screening, surveying and piloting, IRB applications and updates) and coordinating the activities of two CHW committees. Formerly, Valerie worked as an IT data network manager & technical writer, IT business manager, and health IT intern for Federal Reserve Bank, AT&T, and CHITREC.