Valerie J. Zellmer
Chief Financial Officer Valerie J. Zellmer is Chief Financial Officer at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. She was appointed to this position in December 2009 after having served as deputy chief financial officer since January 2003.
Zellmer joined NASA in 1994 as an operating accountant in Dryden's Financial Management Office. Before joining NASA, she was an accountant for Defense Finance and Accounting Services at Fort Monmouth, N. J., and the Troop Support Agency in Munich, Germany. Prior to her career as an accountant she was an elementary school teacher and day care center program manager.
She became a member of the agency and center Integrated Financial Management Project team in 1996, and served as the lead systems accountant on Dryden's transition process team. She also was the agency lead for the administer accounts receivable sub-process team, a member of the NASA's configuration team, and liaison for the agency's data conversion team.
Zellmer was accepted into the Chief Financial Officers Council Fellowship Program in 2000. She served rotational positions for one year in the Department of Education, Washington, D.C. She returned to Dryden in 2001 and was appointed deputy program manager for the Integrated Financial Management Project. In 2002, she was selected as the center's assistant deputy chief financial officer.
Zellmer holds bachelor's degrees in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse and in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich. In 2006, she earned a master's in business administration with a concentration in leadership and management from the University of LaVerne, LaVerne, Calif. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia and a Certified Government Financial Manager.
Zellmer was a 1999 and 2000 recipient of NASA's Chief Financial Officer Award and a 2003 recipient of NASA's Integrated Financial Management Project award for contributions to the agency's efforts to implement Travel Manager and Core Financial modules. Her peers recognized her with a Dryden Honor Award for excellence in the category of administration in 1998 and supervisor/manager in 2003.