Barbara Saltzman is executive director of the non-profit Jester & Pharley Phund. The organization works to benefit ill and special-needs children and literacy. Her son David Saltzman is the author-illustrator of The Jester.  To date, 325,000 copies of the book are in circulation with 155,000 dolls and books given to ill children and schools. Saltzman edited the Los Angeles Times Daily Calendar entertainment pages before becoming the publisher of her son’s book.