Mark’s journey has been intricately woven with healthcare, adventure, and education. His father was an independent pharmacist for more than forty years and Mark’s formative years were spent playing in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin in a small town called Minocqua with his two older siblings. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in mechanical engineering and a certificate in technical communication. Following a stint working for Eaton Corporation, Mark has spent more than twenty years managing internship and cooperative education programs, facilitating Strengths-based leadership programs, and advising and mentoring college students from all walks of life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.
Mark understands that education is a lifelong endeavor as his mother returned to school to obtain her bachelor’s degree when she was in her 50s and his partner is a student in Anschutz’s genetic counseling graduate program. Mark is proud to serve as a Board of Director of the Shanta Foundation, an international nonprofit focused on eradicating extreme poverty through the creation of education, quality healthcare, and economic opportunities in rural communities throughout Myanmar and Zambia. A student of leadership, Mark is a facilitator for LeaderShape and has facilitated experiential leadership programs for students around the US and Canada. Feel free to ask Mark what the tallest waterfall is that he has paddled in his whitewater kayak – he’ll show you the picture, too!
Mark’s Top 5 Strengths are Adaptability, Arranger, Woo, Strategic, and Self-assurance.