Mark is an avid outdoor enthusiast.
He has reached the top of the 7 Summits (the highest mountain on each continent):
1. Asia's 29,029 ft. (8848m) Mt. Everest in Nepal
2. South America's 22,840 ft. (6962m) Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina
3. North America's 20,320 ft. (6194m) Mt. Denali in Alaska
4. Africa's 19,340 ft. (5895m) Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
5. Europe's 18,510 ft. (5642m) Mt. Elbrus in Russia
6. Antarctica’s 16,050 ft. (4892m) Mt. Vinson Massif
7. Oceania's 16,024 ft. (4884m) Mt. Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia
7a. Australia's 7,310 ft. (2228m) Mt. Kosciuszko
Mark thru-hiked the entire 2,100+ mile (3380+km) Appalachian Trail, starting in Georgia and ending six months later on the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. He backpacked the entire 270-mile (435km) Long Trail in Vermont and the 211-mile (340km) John Muir Trail in California.
He is a two-time graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School. His first Outward Bound course - 23 days of alpine mountaineering - took place in the North San Juan range of the Colorado Rockies. His second - an 83-day Wilderness Leadership Semester - included winter mountaineering in the Colorado Rockies, rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park in California, river rafting down the Green and Colorado Rivers in Utah, and canyon backpacking in Utah's Canyonlands National Park.
Mark received his Eagle Scout Award from Boy Scout Troop 25 in Manchester, Connecticut at the age of 17 and has volunteered as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years. He currently serves as Scoutmaster. He proudly carried his Troop 25 Boy Scout neckerchief to the top of each of the Seven Summits.
He has summited Washington's 14,410 ft. (4392m) Mt. Rainier
all 48 of New Hampshire's 4,000-foot (1220m) peaks
and New York’s 46 Adirondack High Peaks.
He has traveled to over 35 international destinations.
Mark belongs to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Sierra Club, and the
World Affairs Council of Connecticut.
He is a Climate Leader of the Climate Reality Project.
Mark graduated from Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut and holds a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University, an M.A. in history from the University of Connecticut, and an M.B.A. from Bentley University. He earned his teaching credentials at Yale University and is Associate Professor of Business Administration at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut.