Although raised as a farm girl in landlocked southern Illinois, Merissa has spent most of her adult life on various Pacific islands including Guam, Maui, and most recently, Oahu.
Merissa teaches speech and writing for several colleges and holds an Ed.D. in leadership and technology, a master’s in communication, and bachelor’s in speech communication. She is building a consulting business offering editing, technical writing, and instructional design services.
In her free time, Merissa enjoys running, hiking, stand up paddling, cooking, and assisting in conservation efforts.