Valerie Ormond retired as a Navy Captain intelligence officer and was one of the first women to serve on combat aircraft carriers. In her final assignments, she directed efforts of a 500-person organization supporting global operations, coordinated executive level briefing and writing support to the offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense, and managed policy and programs for 23,000 naval intelligence personnel.
In 2014, she participated in Syracuse University’s Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program and founded Veteran Writing Services, LLC. Her business provides professional writing and consulting services, and clients have included large and small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals.
Valerie’s two novels, “Believing In Horses” and “Believing In Horses, Too,” both won Gold Medals from the Military Writers Society of America. Numerous books and magazines feature her non-fiction stories. A member of Women Veteran Speakers, she also speaks to audiences sharing lessons learned.
Her education includes a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College; a Master of Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College; and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Mass Communication from Towson University. She belongs to numerous military and veterans’ organizations, is on the Board of Directors for the Military Writers Society of America, and serves as Secretary of the Maryland Horse Council, a trade organization representing 30,000 people in the horse industry.
Valerie lives with her husband, Jaime Navarro, in Bowie, Md., where they enjoy the company of their wonderful families and friends, their three horses, and four dogs.