Mariellen Rich was born and raised in Ohio. She graduated from Youngstown Ursuline High School and attended YSU. She has 4 wonderful children and 5 fabulous grandchildren. She has a passion for ballroom dancing, jazz, gardening, horses and getting involved in 5K walks for local charities especially for Breast Cancer, the Buddy Walk, and Arthritis Association. Mariellen also writes children’s literature and teaches children’s yoga programs in her spare time. Her book, “Freckles the Fabulous Fish” raises money for children with Juvenile Arthritis. Her second book, “My Sunshine Space,” is being illustrated and looking forward to its release. She also volunteers with many organizations such as Dorothy Day House, Arthritis Association and Catholic Charities. She loves people and especially anything that involves helping children.