Val Laymon has been in love with McLean County ever since she moved here over twenty years go from Springfield to attend Illinois State University. At ISU, she was involved in groups that spoke to her values, like the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and PRIDE, where she held the roles of President and Vice President. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts after studying English and Women’s Studies. For the past seventeen years, she has worked in the quick-casual restaurant industry, working her way up from an hourly associate to positions in management, market training, and corporate learning and development. Her unique experience in this field includes creating and delivering leadership development workshops for managers of all levels across the country.
Outside of work, she is an active member of Hope Church in Bloomington as a member of the Leadership team and is a hospitality volunteer. She is a passionate supporter of environmental activism. A lover of animals, she and her wife Jean have spent the last five years fostering a multitude of dogs for Pet Central Helps. Val is also a proud member of the McLean County Democrats where she has volunteered with multiple campaigns, events, and programs. She has also been an election judge for multiple election cycles.
Val is excited to be reelected to the McLean County Board and continue championing responsibility, sustainability, and equity.