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Francis Valera graduated from The College at Brockport, State University of New York in 2012 and holds dual degrees in Environmental Science and Sociology. Shortly after graduation, he and his wife moved to Virginia where he began his foray into vector control with Clarke. Originally brought on as a Field Technician, Francis’ responsibilities included implementing Clarke’s mosquito operations and tick surveillance in Northern Virginia. Francis quickly transitioned into the role of Field Supervisor where he gained invaluable behind the scenes experience, while continuing to complete field work alongside the field staff.
In February of 2015, Prince William County’s Mosquito and Forest Pest Management program brought Francis aboard to join their talented group of Environmental Specialists. Since then, he has been involved with nearly every facet of the program’s operations from larval control, adult surveillance and suppression, education and outreach, and forest health monitoring.
Francis enjoys engaging with new people and has always been fond of fostering the interest in science in others. This led him to joining VMCA’s Student Competition Committee, a post he has held since 2016.
Beyond his work, Francis dabbles in photography, appreciates bourbon and loves to go hiking. He and his wife, Megan, have shared the joy of raising their son, and recently adopted their dog, Lily.