Mark has spent the last decade working within the realm of higher education with almost all of those years deeply focused on leadership development and team building. He is currently serving as the Coordinator of Four Arrows Challenge Course and Experiential Leadership Programs, Services, and Initiatives in the Department of Student Activities at the University of Connecticut. His path into the field was forged through volunteering at an up and coming low ropes program during graduate school. Now Mark manages that very same program and a small retreat space providing a range of hands on intentionally designed facilitated growth opportunities for the student leaders and community members at the University of Connecticut. He has stewarded the Four Arrows program from a handful of low rope elements to 25 low elements and 9 high elements that is a resource for thousands of people a year within the community.
Mark has always valued connection and opportunity through intentional play and education and approaches work with groups at place of empathy and designs experiences to be human centered. Mark’s belief in the power of bringing people together can be directly seen in the creation, implementation, and collaboration with the Police Community Challenge initiative and C2 – Connect and Challenge programming at UConn. Combatting perceptions and stereotypes through active community building processes, leveling positional power through trust exercises, and creating genuine connections among varying groups. Mark has also given his time to the Association for Experiential Education as a volunteer for a couple international conferences and the last 4 Northeast regional conference and will be the chair for the upcoming Northeast conference.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrated in Computer Graphics from New York Institute of Technology in 2009. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. In 2017, Mark completed an M.Ed. in Experiential Learning and Development from Plymouth State University.