• Vallie shares life lessons learned from being on board US Airways Flight 1549
  • Vallies’ experiences during the U.S. Air disaster are both pertinent and relevant to the adversity that we all face in life. As a Health Care Administrator I felt that she touched the emotions of our staff who heard her speak. Vallie is a tremendous communicator and has an inspirational story to tell. - Doug Ford,National HealthCare Corporation, Administrator
  • "Vallie Collins delivers a riveting account of her near death experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009.  She combines an articulate and objective description of the event along with her heartfelt and resolute realization of the precious nature of life.  I enthusiastically look forward to hearing her speak again." - Eric R. Carlson, DMD, MD, University of Tennessee Medical Center


Vallie Smith Collins resides in Maryville, TN with her husband and three children. She is a member of Maryville First Baptist Church. She serves on the Board of 147 Million Orphans and the Maryville City Schools Foundation. She is a member of Maryville Junior Service League, former Board Chair for A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, and an alumna of Leadership Blount. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. For over thirteen years she was employed as a Senior Account Manager for a contract manufacturer of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. Interests and hobbies include tennis, running, and spending time with family and friends.