Mark served as community relations director since 1996. A native of Brooklyn, Mark was raised amidst the splendid diversity of ethnicities in New York City, an education that he thoroughly enjoyed. His formal education culminated in a Ph.D. in Music Education/Music History from Michigan State University. During his graduate studies, Mark was active at the MSU Hillel and a member of the Lansing Jewish Federation’s Public Affairs Committee.
After teaching at the college level for a number of years, Mark returned to East Lansing to serve seven years as executive director of the MSU Hillel. It was from that similar position that Mark transitioned into community relations work for the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. Mark and his wife Jody have three grown children.
Mark passed on December 25th after a battle with a rapidly progressing illness. The Federation has set up a memorial fund in his name if you would like to donate in his honor.