James Valvano: Founder of WeHaveAFace.org
James Valvano was born on July 17, 1971, in Queens, New York. James is the seventh of eight children by Joseph and Amelia Valvano. James enjoyed growing up in Queens and participated in sports: Baseball, basketball, and street hockey. One of his passions includes his addiction to roller coasters and was a member of ACE (American Roller Coaster Enthusiasts) for over a decade.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (elementary school): Graduated in 1986
John Adams High School: Graduated in 1990
Saint John's University: (Communications/Film and Psychology) 1992
While attending Saint John's University (Astoria, Queens), James worked for Catholic Charities as a Residential Counselor caring for individuals with disabilities and diseases. James obtained his AMAP (Approved Medication Administration Personnel) Certification during his employment. In 1994, James left New York and moved to Jacksonville, Florida.