Meet Valery Hollinger: Uplifting others through service above self

Valery Hollinger, left, works with continuous improvement intern Max Petion at the Escambia County FAFSA Challenge table during the Escambia County School District’s Career University day.

Valery Hollinger, left, works with continuous improvement intern Max Petion at the Escambia County FAFSA Challenge table during the Escambia County School District’s Career University day.

We are pleased to announce the most recent addition to the Achieve Escambia team.

Valery Hollinger is Achieve Escambia’s new AmeriCorps VISTA Communications coordinator.

Valery comes to us with multiple degrees and many skills. Valery holds a master’s degree in public history from the University of West Florida. She holds a certification in education leadership and belongs to numerous organizations, including Phi Alpha Theta, a history honors society. She has served as a researcher, a criminal justice instructor and a documentary film associate producer.

“I chose to come to work for Achieve Escambia because I care deeply about education, and wanted to be a part of an organization that is doing positive work for the people of Pensacola,” said Valery. “Having lived through my own personal struggles and hardships in the pursuit of a better life for myself and my family, I want to use my voice and position with Achieve Escambia to help improve the lives of the citizens of Escambia County.”  

In her spare time, Valery enjoys hidden object video games, puzzles and solving crime mysteries. She likes cooking soups such as lima bean, purple husk pea, and potato broccoli cheddar with bacon. Her favorite activity of all is reading and learning about her own culture and cultures different from hers. Valery’s children are almost adults, and she is excited about beginning this next chapter of her life.

Please join us in welcoming this strong new member to the Achieve Escambia family. Valery can be reached at info@achieveescambia.org.


Kimberly Krupa