As Compassion’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement, Mark’s vision for market expansion is rooted in a whole-child approach to poverty alleviation. He is dedicated to seeing more Christians involved in permanently releasing children from poverty, not just sustaining them through it.
"Over my tenure at Compassion, I’ve come to recognize that poverty is more than a lack of money," he says. "Only a holistic combination of physical, economic, educational and spiritual development can release children from poverty and allow them to thrive, not just survive. I believe it is the most strategic thing a church or individual can do when it comes to making real impact."
Mark was appointed to his current position in 2013, after serving more than three decades in leadership roles throughout the organization. Under his charge, the number of children being sponsored globally through Compassion’s one-to-one sponsorship program broke the 1.5 million mark.
Raised in inner city Chicago, Mark’s desire to help children was influenced by the example of his parents, who operated an outreach organization for homeless men living on the city’s streets. He became a Compassion child sponsor at age 18. Through this one-to-one sponsor relationship, Mark was inspired by the organization’s unique holistic approach to meeting the physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of a child living in poverty. The next year, Mark began his more than 35-year career at Compassion that has included ever-expanding roles in information technology, project management, customer service and marketing.
Mark and his wife, Joey, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through Compassion, they sponsor children in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru. Their son, Brent, and his wife, Jenny, also sponsor children through Compassion. Mark and Joey welcomed their first grandchild, Eli, into the family in January of 2014.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University in Denver.