Became the Kansas City Area Coordinator in January 2016. She has been sewing since she was 13 but didn’t start making quilts until 2009. Her first Quilt of Valor went to her son, who was in the Army. “My first experience with awarding Quilts of Valor was at Fort Riley, Kansas, where the Kansas City Area group assisted the Wichita group in awarding more than 500 Quilts of Valor to members of the 4th Cavalry, who had returned from deployment to Afghanistan. It was one of the most memorable events of my life,” she said. After that, she was hooked on Quilts of Valor.
Raylene spent her entire career of more than 36 years with the Federal Government, including 17 years working for the U.S. Army. She spent the last 17 years of her career as an auditor with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General, where she led teams of auditors in successful efforts to root out fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Raylene retired as an Audit Manager in January 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri.