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Mary Sullivan Esseff

Mary Sullivan Esseff was born in 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. She met her husband, Peter, in 1964 in Salzburg, Austria while she was enrolled in a study program through Georgetown University. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College in 1965. Married in 1966 to Peter, together they founded their training company, Educational Systems for the Future (ESF) in 1969. In 1972, Mary received a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the Catholic University of America. Drs. Esseffs co-authored a series of books, PowerPoint presentations and software to teach people how to develop instructional materials, teach interactively, conduct a needs analysis and manage a training department, all leading to the professionalization of training in government and industry. In 2005, she 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). Her first fictional work, "Love Made Visible," a short story, was published in 2000 in the Anthology "Three Naked Ladies Playing Cellos," an arpeggio of works from a group of on-line writers who met through a writers' website, Darkstormy. She lives with her husband, Peter, in Tampa, FL. They have three children and three grandchildren.