• 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, Tennessee with her husband and three young children. She is
a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and for over twelve years she was employed by a 
contract manufacturer of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. As a sales person, 
travel was a key requirement of the job. As a result, Vallie was a passenger on USAirways Flight 1549 that landed in New York’s Hudson River on January 15, 2009.