In her 29th Texas Shakespeare Festival season, Val designed costumes for 26 TSF productions. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas and is a Distinguished Alumna of the University of North Texas. A professor at Auburn University Montgomery, she received the Alumni Association Award. She was awarded for Excellence in Direction and in Design from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She is Region 4 Chair for Design, Technology and Management. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Past Fellow of the International Council of Fine Arts. Val and her husband, Mike, are the proud parents of Emily and Courtney.