MARY SULLIVAN ESSEFF is a writer and publisher of professional training materials, freelancer, on-line journal author and software creator. In 2012, Mary’s inspirational story, The Butterfly & The Snail, won one of the top awards in the Transformational Author Experience Writing Contest created by Transformation Catalyst, Christine Kloser. In 1969, Mary, with her husband, Dr. Peter J. Esseff, co-founded a training company, Educational Systems for the Future®. Together they have written thousands of Guaranteed Learning® instructional modules and trained clients all over the globe how to be professional trainers. Mary holds an AB degree in English Literature from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She also studied at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Georgetown University, Salzburg, Austria; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; and The Maryland Institute of Art, Takoma Park, MD. In 2005, Mary was honored by Chestnut Hill College to be a Charter Member of the Libris Society. Members were selected because they exemplified one or more of the qualities celebrated in the College’s motto Fides-Caritas-Scientia (Faith-Charity-Knowledge). She has been able to draw on her tenacious wit and rare humor even when difficulties arise. When she had breast cancer, she invited friends to attend her April 1st hair-razing party, either wearing a hat or with a shaved head—well, no one actually arrived with a shaved head. During her year of treatment, she blogged an e-journal, Amazing Grace: Notes From a Breast Cancer Survivor. With her husband, Mary has visited countries all over the world for business and pleasure, traveling in 2011 to Lebanon where Peter’s family gathered for a fabulous wedding. Peter’s Lebanese-American culture has inspired Mary to write a series of “Khalil Khoury” stories, including, Love Made Visible, published in the anthology Three Naked Ladies Playing Cellos, An Arpeggio of Sixteen Unique Stories in 2000. Mary and Peter live in Tampa, FL. They have three children and three grandchildren.