As a child, Mark enjoyed listening to the stories of a grandparent around a wood stove, playing on a creek, and exploring the woodlands of eastern Oklahoma. Now, he enjoys creating enriching opportunities so others can discover the many stories hidden in the rocks, beneath the trees, and along the trail.
He has managed a traveler’s hostel, ran his own company that designed backpacks for youth-in-nature programs, helped park non-profits with branding strategies, and worked as a marketing program manager in the tech industry.
Mark currently helps to advance outreach and ecotrip messaging for the Red Panda Network, a wildlife conservation non-profit committed to protecting red pandas through the empowerment of local communities in Nepal. He also guides for Road Scholar.
Mark holds a BA in International Relations. He is a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), is a Wilderness First Responder (NOLS), and a Certified Interpretive Guide from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). He is currently completing studies as an Oregon Master Naturalist.
Mark is an avid hiker, powers his walks with plant-based meals, and is an advocate for slow tourism. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he enjoys introducing visitors to the region’s rich landscape and history.
The Pacific Northwest has thousands of stories; this diverse landscape is as dynamic as the people, and Mark is eager to share it.
“Thank you so much for giving my grandchild and I an extraordinary memory. Very special.” – Liz, New York
“Thank you for a great Road Scholar trip. We really enjoyed it!” – G, C, and A, Florida
“The Crater Lake and Bend Outdoor Adventure was beyond terrific. Mark led the group in activities that included exploring a lava tube cave, rafting some class 3 rapids, hiking up to 5 and 6 miles a day in some beautiful terrain, enjoying Crater Lake in a guided boat…He created an atmosphere that rates 5 stars!!” Ruth, North Carolina
“His organizational skills are very impressive; we packed a huge amount of learning and fun into one week. He even snuck in a nighttime walk near Crater Lake to a spring coming out of the mountain with a flock of little bats skimming around the pool inches from us. Loved it!”
“Mark led this group in an easy-going and positive manner. The program was fun and the educational benefits were high. The activities fostered a bonding between grandchild and grandparent as well as with the group as a whole. He had excellent suggestions for free-time activities and restaurants on our own. He prepared us well for what we were going to see and do.” – Anonymous
“Thank you for all your help, kindness and consideration you gave to us on this trip. Truly enjoyed our adventure and the many wonderful places we visited – your stories and extra information has made Oregon extra memorable. All Best Wishes.” Connie, Minnesota.
“Great, fabulous trip!!!” – Cecil, Ron, & Ruth