Valerie Gibbons is a self-taught collage artist and enjoys combining paper art with fanciful words and images that deliver a thoughtful message. She started footsiestools ltd., a nonprofit 501c3 corporation that promotes the arts and humor for emotional healing, especially for anyone impacted by cancer. She partners with organizations to share the joy of whimsy through her traveling exhibit of footstools with shoes. Valerie holds a M.S. Ed. in Instructional Design and a B.A. in Journalism. She has over 25 years' experience as an educator --designing and delivering courses, workshops, and experiential classes on a variety of topics for all ages. recently she completed a certificate in Healing with the Arts through the University of Florida and is a current member of the association for applied & therapeutic humor.