Valerie Foster

Valerie Stapleton Foster taught high school English for thirty years and currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona, teaching future teachers. Author of a memoir, Dancing With a Demon, and a short story, “Loss,” published in the River Poets Anthology, she lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband, Tom. Helen Handler is a long-standing member and past president of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association and a member of Beth El Congregation and past president of the Jewish Free Loan. As a former business owner of a drapery shop in Phoenix’s Metro-Center Mall, she is proud of having provided a livelihood for her loyal employees for thirteen years. Helen was a member of Toastmasters International for seventeen years and is a prominent public speaker in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. A recipient of numerous awards and recognition, she devotes her time to speaking to schoolchildren every chance she gets, imparting her wisdom and message of hope and peace.