Assistant Director for programs, working dogs for conservation
Areas Covered: USA, Costa Rica and Falklands
Mark served eight years in the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician and Law Enforcement Specialist. After honorably transitioning out of the military he was commissioned as a Conservation Police Officer with Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR).
Mark’s enthusiasm and persistence to work with dogs resulted in the development of VDWR’s Conservation Canine Program. Realizing his immense passion and connection for working with dogs, he started a business focusing on consulting, placing rescue dogs in working homes, and dog training while continuing to train and handle conservation detection dogs for various projects.
Over the past 10 years, Mark has worked as a contractor with WD4C. In April 2021, he joined WD4C full-time as the Assistant Director of Programs. Mark has been involved in a variety of working, sport, and pet dog training for over 20 years and looks forward to continuing conservation detection dog program development and placing rescue dogs in jobs where they can thrive.