Mark is a Nuclear Safety Engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory assigned to the High flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He was born and raised in Colorado, graduating from Colorado State University. Mark’s 30-year career as a nuclear engineer involved nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, and nuclear research facilities. In 2002, while preparing safety analysis documents for Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin, Tennessee; he discovered Boone Lake and has been a Tennessean ever since.
He met his beautiful wife Jacqueline Joseph in the Johnson City area and they were married in 2008, he is now the luckiest man alive!!! 😊 They have 3 amazing children, Nick, John, and Mackynzie; and then there’s Millee the fastest dog on the planet. Jacqueline is an Account Executive at N2 Publishing; Nick is a gaming Software Engineer at Turtle Rock; John is attending Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design majoring in Animation/Gaming/Graphic Design; and Mackynzie is at UT pursuing her PhD in Cultural Anthropology.
Mark enjoys spending time with his family, walking Millee, Church, water skiing on Boone Lake (all year long), basketball, running, and movies with his lovely wife Jacqueline. In 2016 Mark formed and was elected President of the Boone Dam Repair Coalition (BDRC), whose mission is the successful return of Boone Lake to full pool operations. Mark has a hard time turning down a challenge, he is delighted at the opportunity to help Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars raise funds and change lives!!! …and hopefully he might learn to dance a little.