Spending his youth wading and fishing the oft-polluted Grand River in the early 1970s fueled Mark’s lifelong fascination with natural resources and his commitment to making things better. His appreciation for nature’s intricacies parallels his understanding of human interactions—how we are all bound by commonalities and inseparable traits.
Building upon his ability to connect with people and his affinity for the natural world and all things fish, Mark leads the multimillion-dollar Great Lakes Fishery Trust. He manages staff, budgets, and project tasks; provides strategic direction; and manages grants made to a variety of nonprofit and governmental entities. He also helped create (and now serves as administrator of) the Kalamazoo River Community Recreational Foundation (KRCRF). The KRCRF was established in 2013 following a 2010 oil spill in Southwest Michigan; the foundation supports recreational access sites and other stewardship activities on the Kalamazoo River.
Before being lured to PSC in 2001, Mark accumulated more than 15 years of experience in state government in a variety of capacities, including at the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality. Specifically, he was devoted to water quality issues, invasive species, and water diversions while serving the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.
A Little More…
Education: BS in Environmental and Natural Resources and an MS in Fisheries and Wildlife, both from Michigan State University
With PSC since: February 2001
PSC superpower: Clairvoyance—intuiting what clients and colleagues need
Favorite part of working at PSC: The whole, which is greater than the sum of its parts
Why Michigan? Water, water, everywhere!