What about Leslie Bibb? She was in "Popular" (alongside Anthony Montgomery) and then played an FBI agent in a short-lived series I can't remember, plus a few guest appearances on several shows, including CSI: Miami, IIRC.
I remember her from Crossing Jordan
, and -- meh. Not really what I picture for Vale. *shrug*
I've just seen a couple of episodes of Bibb in Crossing Jordan and I would say that she fits the profile for Vale, and has the same temperament.