- United Way of Berks County
Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County
Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley
Easter Seals of Eastern Pennsylvania
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley
Pinebrook Family Answers
Berks Coalition to End Homelessness
Salvation Army of Reading
Boyertown Area Multi-Service
Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley
- Temple University, J.D. (cum laude), 1988
- Haverford College, B.A., 1982
Admitted to Practice In:
- Pennsylvania State Courts
Mark has practiced law in the Lehigh Valley for almost 30 years. He has assisted non-profit organizations in all kinds of legal matters, including by way of example with respect to their formation, in obtaining state and federal tax-exempt status, in board governance matters, and in reorganizations and mergers, and has served as borrower’s counsel in connection with several tax-exempt, bond and New Markets Tax Credit financings. Mark has counseled numerous small businesses in the formation and start-up phase (including the preparation of creation documents and shareholder and limited liability operating agreements), as well as with respect to ongoing legal matters.
Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown, the Board of Directors of Lehigh Valley Social Impact Center, and as President of the Board of Directors of the Community Music School, Allentown, as well as on the Ethics Committee of Phoebe Home.
Mark has been an adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at Moravian College and has conducted numerous seminars regarding non-profit issues and health law. He is an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the Rotary Club of Nazareth. Mark enjoys exercise and being outdoors. He is married to Teresa Aurand, and has two grown sons, Ben and Josh. His family also includes four adopted shelter cats, Zoe, Lea, DaVinci and Diego.
Greater Good has been a dream of Mark’s for many years. Tom Petty’s unexpected passing in fall 2017 was another reminder that one should not continually put off one’s dreams. So in case you need further inspiration to “run down your dream”, please enjoy this Tom Petty classic.
Featured Feedback for the Month...Michael Toldedo-Centro Hispanico
"The coaching process truly was an eye opener as I took a deep dive into not only how I see myself as a leader but more importantly, how others see me as a leader. Led to some courageous conversations that I am grateful for.
It has moved me to put more trust in the team that I have around me. To take chances that I otherwise would not have taken. Knowing that I can lead without always having to be the captain of the ship was an important learning for me.
How do you think the coaching process will impact you personally moving forward?
I was able to learn that my perception is not others reality. That I must check in regularly with my team to check their pulse on how they see things and to make sure that from a mission perspective of the organization that we are all rowing the boat in the same direction. It also reinforced for me the importance of my health and making sure I am not putting myself under any undue stress.
What was the value of the LPI 360 Assessment to the coaching process?
The LPI 360 assessment was very important to the process. It was a gut check to how my leadership was viewed across level and forced me to take a more serious view at how I may want to lead moving forward.
What feedback would you give the United Way of Berks County about access to this type of service? My feedback would be that all ED’s from member agencies could benefit from this coaching and one one one peer learning.
What People Are Saying About Us:
"I've never had to view myself as a leader. I always thought of myself as someone doing all of the work in the background while a charismatic leader passionately shares the organization's mission with others. I know now that there are ways to grow and still maintain my sense of self."-Sarah Swartz-Berks Coalition to End Homelessness
"The training exceeded my hopes, and has given our team a great place to start and some great new language to use as we move forward. I really like the model, and I thought your facilitation was quite effective." - Dr. Bill Vogler, President, Pinebrook Family Answers
"You helped me to find my voice during a time when I was ready to mourn the loss of the leader within myself. Thank you for reminding me who I am and what I capable of, and for helping me raise my voice in a way that is powerful yet dignified". -Oliver Reilly, Bradbury Sullivan Center
" What would we do without you! That opening session is so crucial to setting the tone for the year and reinforcing for the participants the exciting promise of the Leadership Institute experience. As usual, you were motivating, energetic, and insightful. People were amazed at how you remembered their particular styles and characteristics, and I think that helped to hasten the trust they had in you and the process." -Dr. Susan Tobia-Former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Community College of Philadelphia
" Deb is an extremely warm and energetic person with loads of class, charm, and charisma and because she possesses those qualities she is effective at achieving any goal." -Lisa Pektor-President; Penn Cap Properties