MRO Communications

Content Creation · Editing · Facilitation

What to Say.
How to say it.

Find your voice, story and direction.

You know that moment when you land on the right idea, word, or image to convey what you or your organization are really about? Some call it an “A-Ha Moment.”

MRO Communications can get you there.

Let’s create spaces where ideas flow, truth is spoken, stories shared, and next steps taken. On the page and virtually, Maria will rekindle your vision, craft your message, and get your work un-stuck.

Meet Maria

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

President of MRO Communications

Maria has over 20 years of experience in communications and nonprofit management. Using the craft of storytelling, Maria dials in strong, positive messages for organizations, authors, and entrepreneurs.

— Gifted wordsmith in creating and refining high-impact communications
— Strategic, results-driven marketing, social media, and publishing professional
— Creative writing coach and editor, certified in the Story Grid method.
— Collaborative team leader and mentor

Let’s Collaborate

Content Creation

Maria uses talents as a storyteller with her experience in nonprofit communications to craft content that speaks to your audience with a clear and compelling message.


Maria helps authors find and articulate their voice in fiction and nonfiction works, especially as a Story Grid Certified Editor. Writing can be lonely work, so she shares what works to manage and refine a project, through writer’s block to finished product.


Maria’s warm, collaborative style helps individuals and organizations affirm their strengths and clarify goals. She articulates themes and makes connections that open new possibilities.

Recent Partnerships

Kind Words

Maria has worked with several of our authors. She recognizes the importance of maintaining the “Author’s Voice” while helping them craft their words for an easier, more marketable read.

Kathy Davis
Cathy Davis

Founder/CEO, Davis Creative Publishing Partners

Maria brings a thorough understating of the mission to the Incarnate Word Foundation’s public relations needs. She is an effective communicator with excellent written and oral communications skills. Maria is also a creative strategist who uses social media thoughtfully and effectively.

Bridget McDermott-Flood
Bridget McDermott-Flood

Executive Director, Incarnate Word Foundation STL

Maria helped us think through an effective strategic planning process – we were moving forward with a lot of enthusiasm and then the pandemic hit and I felt like it was a brick wall. Maria was so great in leading us around that wall to a strategic plan that was right for us in the moment and setting us up for future success.

Emily Andrews
Emily Andrews

Executive Director, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter

More About Maria


An accomplished columnist, editor, reporter and scribe, Maria has contributed to a number of publications and blogs, such as:

Huffington Post
Chicken Soup for the Soul
ALIVE Magazine, The Marianist Province of the United States
St. Louis Globe-Democrat
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Suburban Journals Newspapers


At speaking engagements, Maria lends her voice to connect with an array of audiences, from women’s groups, to writer’s workshops, and attendees of spiritual retreats.

With her own unique mixture of approachable storytelling and curious reflection, Maria invites audience members into a gentle space, welcoming all listeners to share in a sense of laughter, meditation, and wonder at life and its many lessons.


Through a diverse professional history and donated personal time, Maria has collaborated with a variety of organizations and nonprofits.

In both her career and volunteer ambitions, Maria supports the St. Louis community at large by lending her talent and skills to socially-conscious causes and initiatives.

Contact Maria

Ask a question, make an inquiry, or just say hello!