As Executive Director, Mark oversees all of FARF’s activities and programs and ensures the growth and longevity of the organization. He received his bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavior Science and his master’s in Public Administration, degrees which have helped shape his leadership style. He strives to enact meaningful change and positive growth and feels most fulfilled when he can make a constructive impact.
"I love knowing that when I go to work each day I have the ability to affect the lives of others in a positive way." Mark’s love of the outdoors brought him from his native Minnesota to the mountains of Colorado, where he developed his love of skiing. He then moved west, to Oregon to pursue his career in nonprofits while still nourishing his love of nature. He now lives in Oakridge, Oregon, with his wife Cheryl and his adorable and energetic labradoodle, Kiki. In addition to fly-fishing and cycling, Mark enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures.