A native of South St. Louis County, Vicki attended St. Catherine Laboure grade school, Lindbergh High School and was the first member of her family to attend college. The daughter of a Vietnam veteran and a Transportation Department employee, Vicki worked hard to pay her own way through college and graduated with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C.
Vicki made the most of the opportunities that going to college in Washington, D.C. afforded her. In 1992 she volunteered for the Clinton-Gore campaign and in 1993 worked as an intern for Congressman Dick Gephardt who served at the time as House Majority Leader. In 1997 Vicki accepted a position with the Small Business Administration. While with the SBA, Vicki worked hard on behalf of small business owners writing legislation and monitoring bills on Capitol Hill. She saw first hand how small business owners are affected by government policies. Those issues deeply affected Vicki and do to this day being a small business owner herself. She started GiftPak Express in 1999 and continues this enterprise today.
In 2001 Vicki moved back to St. Louis. Vicki accepted a position with the St. Louis County Economic Council and served as South County Sector Specialist from 2001-2004. In 2002 Vicki was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “30 under 30” award winner.
Vicki worked for Cushman Wakefield (formerly Colliers Turley Martin Tucker) from 2004 to 2008 as a Real Estate Leasing Administrator at the St. Louis Headquarters of Edward Jones, negotiating long-term leases for Financial Advisor Branch Offices.
In 2008, Vicki was elected to the MO House of Representatives and served her first two years in the legislature. She was elected to the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education on April 5, 2011.
On November 6, 2012, Vicki was re-elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. She was also re-elected to the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education on April 8, 2014 and served as its Treasurer until April, 2017.
Vicki currently consults for Ygrene Energy Fund, runs her small business and is running for Missouri State Treasurer in 2020. She resides in Sunset Hills, MO with her husband Byron DeLear, daughter Eleanor (age 16), son Peter (age 13) and son Walker (born May 2019).