Valerie Romaine was born in the state of New York and grew up in nearby Connecticut in the shadow of New York City. She had extraordinary English teachers during high school and she went on to major in English Literature at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Subsequent education included courses in accounting, computer programming, financial planning, mathematics, legal secretarial procedures, and French courses at the Alliance Française in Paris.
During her career she was a computer programmer (in the days when binary and assembler languages were the norm) for a commercial bank and for a company (Olivetti) that manufactured machines designed for accounting purposes. She then became a technical writer, and finally a corporate trainer, working as a consultant. Her clients included Warner Bros., Genentech and Abgenix in biotechnology, Avaya and Lucent in telecommunications, Medtronic in electronic medical monitoring, pharmaceutical distribution (McKesson and AmeriSource Bergen) as well as firms involved in logistics, retailing and the law.
In addition to her consulting work, as an entrepreneur Ms. Romaine operated a book store, an art gallery featuring photography, and a cafe. She retired from active work in 2011.
She was able to travel to Europe numerous times, to Tanzania and Southeast Asia once each, and lived in Mexico for four years and briefly in Montréal, Canada. She visited Hungary for the first time in 2016 and feels very fortunate to have been offered a teaching position here, the birthplace of her paternal grandmother.
Her volunteer work has included serving on the board of trustees for Jovenes Adelanté in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, helping a Taiwanese student achieve her M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, and being the staff photographer for the Theater at Monmouth, a classical repertory theater in the United States.