When Luke Spencer suffered a severe breakdown in 2015, the Spencer family sought out Luke's estranged older sister Pat Spencer—and instead found her daughter, Valerie. Still suffering through the trauma of losing her mother, Valerie struggled to find her place in Port Charles. She developed an immediate connection with Dante Falconeri who is married to her cousin Lulu. When Valerie started working for the police department, she and Dante grew even closer and ended up sleeping together. Lulu eventually found out and enlisted the help of Johnny Zacchara in running Valerie out of town. Lulu later apologized and the two have made amends. Valerie moved on to Dillon Quartermaine before meeting Curtis Ashford (a former police officer who suffered from a drug problem and was entangled at one time with Jordan Ashford) and has managed to steer clear of drama for the time being.