About the Authors

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Co-author, Rebecca Joy

Rebecca Joy was in the first group of women hired by the Phoenix Fire Department and was with the department for 26-plus years, before retiring in 2009 from her position as Engineer. Rebecca is truly grateful for the unique opportunity she had to serve her community, driving her crew to fires and emergencies.

Rebecca was a featured author in the anthology, Seizing Your Success, and is one of 70 contributing authors in Walking with the Wise, a book designed to help readers improve all areas of their lives with the help of some great mentors, including Zig Ziglar, Mark Victor Hansen, Brian Tracy, and others.

Perhaps her greatest passion is the creation and promotion of the Simple Awareness Method (S.A.M.), a program and symbol Rebecca created to encourage and inspire people to become more consciously aware of their thoughts, feelings, words, actions — and to pay particular attention to their surroundings. In other words, S.A.M. will inspire conscious awareness and better decision making.

Years of classes in energy healing enhanced both her personal growth and Rebecca’s skills in patient care. She enjoys her continuing studies in the art of acting and voiceovers and is currently a candidate member of the National Speakers Association.


Betty Hammer Joy grew up in Casa Grande, Arizona. After marrying and receiving her B.A. in Education from Arizona State University, Betty lived on a ranch near Bullhead City, where

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Co-author, Betty Joy

she subsequently had five children. She moved with her children to Phoenix in the early 1960s, earned an M.A., and began her teaching career in the Phoenix Union High School District, designing curriculum and working in alternative programs for inner-city youth. In later years, she taught at Glendale Community College and at various Rio Salado sites, including the prison at Perryville.

Betty’s grandmother, Angela Hammer, the first woman newspaper woman in Arizona is featured in Betty’s book, Angela Hutchinson Hammer: Arizona’s Pioneer Newspaperwoman, published in 2005 by the University of Arizona Press. Betty recently received the exciting news that her book has been named as one of four finalists in consideration for Arizona’s 2012 One Book program.

Betty now lives in the newly-incorporated town of Dewey-Humboldt, loves living close to nature and her involvement in community affairs, tries to keep up with the activities of her 15 grandchildren, and picks up a paint brush whenever she has time.