As an Economic Development Volunteer in Ukraine from 2003 to 2005, okeeffe-c1Cristina O’Keeffe obtained funding, designed, implemented and conducted trainings for the Youth Leadership Program, with over 50 university students and 100 children participating.  She taught marketing, public relations and creative writing at local schools, universities and institutions throughout Lviv. She founded the Lviv Youth Hostelling Association (LYHA) bringing the first youth hostel to the city of Lviv, and authored The Personal Guide to Lviv published in 2005 as fundraising enterprise.

As a creative writer, Cristina has had numerous poems and essays published online and in print. Most recently, her essay “Mama Esta Trabajando (Mommy is Working)” appeared in the 2009 anthology Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Power Moms. Her non-fiction book, Finding Francis, was published in 2003.  She is currently working on two major creative projects:  a poetry chapbook entitled Bunny was a Horse, and a full-length fiction book called Letters to Helen.

Currently, Cristina is a professional copywriter. She runs LookOut Communications, which helps small business transform their visions into words.  She lives in Stewart Manor, NY with her husband, Thomas, and two daughters.