Barbara R. Stephens Foster is the eldest daughter of the Stephens family. She is using her intimate knowledge of her brother, Sandy Stephens, to share how his life can be a beacon of hope for others. Barbara spent nearly 34 years (1965-1999) working for the University of Minnesota (U of MN) General College (GC) Office of the Dean. She holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree. She is a Lifetime Member of the Minnesota Alumni Association and a U of MN Alumni Service Award recipient. Her outstanding service awards include GC’s Alfred L. Vaughan, Jeanne T. Lupton, and Civil Service recognitions. Other University honors include the President’s Outstanding Service Award and Outstanding Civil Service Staff Award. Following retirement and until his death, Barbara worked with Sandy on his autobiography. She left employment at Osseo Area Schools in 2018 to devote fulltime to writing. Barbara is an efficient, articulate, caring, confidante devoted to her family and friends, grounded in her faith, and enthusiastic about the U of MN.