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Valerie Hedlund

Office Automation Clerk


I am the receptionist at NLAE. I help visitors with directions, parking, building access, and shipping. Although I have no college degree, I studied German and English literature at George Washington University, CIS and Visual Basic at Portland Community College, Clinical Human Anatomy at Rockford Community College, and Biological Pre-Medical Illustration at Iowa State. I spent several years morpho-sorting and pinning coleoptera and lepidoptera at Bishop Museum, Hawaii. I owned a warehouse café, theater and music venue in Portland, OR. I see humor and fun everywhere I look.