Valerie Doan was born and raised in San Francisco, California, she swam competitively for 12 years, for both year-round and high school teams. She has experience teaching children of all ages in both academic settings and in the water. She earned her BS in Physics at the University of Washington and her Masters in Systems Engineering at Penn State. She joined the Navy in 2014 and is currently serving as a Surface Warfare Officer. She has served on board USS Ralph Johnson, completing deployments in the Pacific theater and Middle East. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, paddle boarding, cooking, salsa dancing, and spending time with her two daughters.