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Mark retired as a Physical Scientist, after 33 years of service from the US Department of Defense (DOD). He was the Director of a Nuclear Facility at a Defense Special Weapons Agency laboratory, and Commander of its Emergency Response Team. He was awarded exceptional and meritorious service medals and numerous service citations. Under his command the facility worked with various laboratories including the FBI, Penn State University, US Air Force, and many other DOD, Government and non-government entities on programs in Radio-Biology, Forensic Sciences, Neutron Activation Analysis, Nuclear Weapon Effects and chemical and biological Weapon Neutralization programs utilizing Energetic Materials.
He holds degrees in Radiation Physics and Nuclear Engineering with graduate work in energetic materials. He was rated as a NRC licensed Senior Reactor Operator and a Principal Investigator and served on various Safety and Research Review committees. Mark served as a certified Radiation Protection Officer.
Mark served an Instructor in DODâ€™s Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons course and was a Technical Inspector for the Department of Armyâ€™s Inspector General for over 25 years specializing in nuclear related areas.
Mark is the author of many papers including Emergency and Disaster Response for emergency activities as well as nuclear and biomedical research reports.
Mark served 4 years as a Florida Gov Jeb Bush appointee to a Regional Planning Council. He was appointed in part for his expertise in disaster management.
Leslie retired from the Smithsonian Institution and The Calvert Marine Museum where she served as a museum technician. She holds a degree in Math and General Science and has a Certificate in Field Archeology from St. Maryâ€™s College.
Mark was detailed to the State of Marylandâ€™s to serve as The Technical Director for Historic St Maryâ€™s Cityâ€™s Project Lead Coffins with Leslie directing the Photo Documentation program for which they were awarded Marylandâ€™s Cross Bottony.
They both hold numerous certificates and instructor ratings in various areas of emergency response including; Firefighting, HAZMAT, Dive Master, Incident Command, and Emergency Vehicle Operations. They are also Instructors in Response to Terrorist Bombings at the Technical Operations Level for the Department of Homeland Security through a New Mexico Tech program. Both are U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Coxswains and Master Instructors.
Mark is Commander of Towns County Water Rescue and Recovery Team and Leslie is its Safety and Training Officer.
Currently they teach programs to various first responder groups in Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Coast Guard Search and Rescue as well as Public Education programs to the general public.