“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
Val began her career for Social Impact in Boston in 1993, she established VIA Consulting in 2009 and since she has worked with several prominent organizations and businesses in New Mexico. Below is a client list and description of services provided:
Santa Fe Community Foundation – Provide professional and educational workshop series on how to conduct 360 organizational assessment, and strategic planning; how to design, implement, manage and assess a successful volunteer and internship program; how to create successful collaborative partnerships; and how to leverage on challenges as opportunities during a world pandemic.
La Siembra Leadership High School - Provided educational workshops for students and professional development training for the faculty and administration on Inclusive Leadership. As the only entrepreneurship-focused high school in New Mexico, La Siembra Leadership combines passionate and innovative educators, high-growth employers, and local entrepreneurs to offer innovative, real-world learning that prepares students for the future. Siembra Leadership students develop 21st century skills, and an entrepreneurial mindset, that prepares them for success in college and their career. Students and families benefit from 360-degree support to ensure students can focus on hands-on, rigorous learning each day.
Bioneers, The Collective Heritage Institute – Designed and implemented a volunteer and internship program, with a return on investment of $53,000 within a six-month period. Developed a youth leadership program and provided program development support to the Education in Action initiative. Provided facilitation support during their annual National Bioneers conference held in Marin County, CA.
As the Bioneers Chief Operating Officer (2016-2020), Val provided transformational leadership, and high-level and tactical organizational management. She designed, implement and managed the HR and Operation's systems, and comprehensive project management. She also cultivated an organizational culture driven by collaboration, inclusivity, equity and direct impact. She successfully streamlined intersectional work resulting in a higher performance rating of 95% in comparison to 55% within the first year. Managed a remote team of 16 staff members and a 35-member conference production team year-round.
Santa Fe Teen court – Teen Court is a first time offenders program with alternative sentencing, which is processed by teens for teens. VIA consulting provided a program evaluation and developed an action plan that highlighted a recidivism study that revealed a 15% recidivist rate, which proved the efficacy of the program.
MIX Santa Fe – Provided assistance with the monthly young professional events and provided strategic support to MIX’s entrepreneurial initiatives. Their initiatives continue to be funded by micro-stimulus grants and supported through professional consultation, and promotional marketing. Provided conceptual support for the revamping of the website to improve user interface, functionality and design. In addition, provided support in conceptualizing MIX's website, user interface and intranet capabilities for overall communication and event management.
Santa Fe Thrive – Provided business development support for defining mission, core values, services, business structure, roles and responsibilities, contracts, policies, procedures and guidelines. We also defined and helped implement talent management protocols for interviewing, hiring, orienting and training. Developed collaborative partnership guidelines and agreement. Sourced contractor services for the design and construction of the yoga and cycling studio, and provided strategic solution support to the owner throughout the building phase.
Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce – Provide professional educational support through workshops like how to cultivate excellent customer services for businesses and another on how to design and implement strategic recruitment, interviewing, hiring, orienting and training.
New Mexico Farm to Table – As an active board member since 2013, Val provides mission-driven and goal-oriented strategic support and leadership, with the focus on advocating for food equity and accessibility throughout New Mexico, specially in rural areas.
Vitality with Val – Established a private Integrative Health Coaching practice, including educational programs such as cooking demos at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, farm-to-table tours, education tours of natural grocers, retreats, and invigorating hiking trips. Launched Vitality with Val radio show on KVSF 101.5FM The Voice of Santa Fe (Hutton Broadcasting). The mission of the radio show was to showcase experts in the field of integrative medicine and holistic approaches to health. In recent years Val has partnered with medical institutions like the Center for Life at University of New Mexico to offer monthly educational workshops on various health prevention topics. Val’s health articles have been featured on Gaia.com, Natural Awakenings, and she writes a monthly nutritional column for Evolving Santa Fe magazine.
As a Senior Strategist for The Idea Group of Santa Fe, LLC., Val provided consulting support in market research and project management, and offered innovative ideas and comprehensive insights to support clients, such as:
Acoma Business Enterprise – Developed regional and local tourism, provided strategic facilitation and solution plan for marketing the casino, hotel, food and beverage and cultural center.
Cumbres & Toltec Railroad – Developed electronic marketing campaign to interface Internet tools and analytics to generate brand awareness and ticket sales.
Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Projects – Delivered a feasibility study and business plan for the historic Ilfeld-Johnson warehouse building with the goal to enhance Santa Rosa’s downtown business revitalization. Provided a comprehensive strategic economic development plan and community branding marketing plan, including a downtown master plan to integrate its local business with its historic route 66.
Santa Rosa’s Media Tourism Project – Development of the Blue Hole Dive and Conference center marketing brochure. Produced videos for a television commercial and for online use. Designed an interactive tourism kiosk to be located in Gallup and GlenRio visitor and information centers.
Tucumcari, NM – Renew: Empowering the Land Conference (2009 and 2010)
Provided strategic marketing and branding for this national renewable energy conference targeting ranchers, landowners and developers to provide them with the expertise and partners to enable the construction of renewable facilities on private property. Designed and implemented a conference coordination manual and best practices.