Clarissa is an author, editor, poet, essayist, and blogger. She has published in the Charleston Post-Courier, the Kansas City Star, Flourish Magazine, the Kansas City Small Business Monthly, a contributing writer and influencer for BlogHer/SheWrites, and HubPages. Clarissa has published several books that include poetry, children’s stories including the Princess Onyx™ Fairytales series, and training manuals. She has volunteered as the Director of Member Communications for PMI Chicagoland Chapter responsible for all Chapter communications. She is a Navy veteran serving from 1984 to 1990; has a B.A. in Psych, an M.A. in Business, and EdS in Adult Education. Clarissa is a mother and grandmother. She lives in the Midwest with her cat.