Reva Foster...A Shining Model For Community Service
On November 21, 2015, Foster was recognized for her effective leadership by Willingboro’s VFW Post 4914. The banquet hall at the Post was transformed into a venue of class and elegance as guests and members entered the formal black tie event.
When approximately 175 guests arrived, they were escorted to their tables by members of the Ladies Auxiliary of 4914, walked on a rolled out red carpet, greeted by lit candles on every table, white curtains on each window and every table and chair was adorned with the blue and white theme of the evening which was laid out by members and volunteers of the Post.
Reva Foster is a person whose leadership skills shine brightly among her contemporaries on the local civic, political and corporate stages. Her passion for community service is best manifested by her work throughout the greater Willingboro area and beyond. She holds her work with the area’s senior population very close to her heart. Hired by the township in 1993 as the director of the Willingboro Senior Citizen Center, she is executive director of the Department on Aging.
In 2007, Foster’s responsibilities expanded to include the Community Affairs and Veterans Affairs departments. The Willingboro Community News Magazine is also under the direction of the Community Affairs Department.
Foster’s leadership in community service and political involvement was grounded in corporate America. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina and a master’s graduate degree in Microbiology. Her teaching career began at the University of Miami. Some of her corporate responsibilities included working for Park-Davis Pharmaceuticals, and Warner Lambert. At Johnson and Johnson, her responsibilities increased. She served as manufacturing manager, quality assurance coordinator, manager of specifications department, and International Auditor for North America, Central and South America.
Foster’s involvement and leadership in social and political organizations included serving chairperson of the advisory council for the Advancement of Women, Eastern Star, South Jersey Red Hatters, lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, president of Willingboro and Vicinity NAACP, Chairperson of the New Jersey Black Issues Symposium, and 2012 New Jersey State Delegate for President Obama.
State Senator Steven Sweeney and Assemblyman Troy Singleton remarked about Foster’s commitment and activism. "You are a virtuous woman Reva Foster who transformed a senior center into a model of excellence for other centers throughout the state and the country," said Post Commander Larry Williams, who added that Foster is the "red rose of the Willingboro community."
Mayor Eddie Campbell then presented Foster with keys to the township. Foster gracefully accepted all of the comments and accolades. "I am simply overwhelmed by the remarks and gifts I received this evening. Lord let me live for another 67 years because we’ve got a lot more work to do."