M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.

Executive Director LeaderWise and Staff Psychologist

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Mark has served as a consultant, teacher, and counselor in the field of psychology for over twenty years. For the past sixteen years, as executive director of LeaderWise/North Central Development Center, he has specialized in personality and leadership assessment, with an emphasis on health and wholeness, leadership development, and conflict skills training. The center contracts with over fifteen businesses, denominations, and seminaries to provide leadership assessments, and meets with about 750 individuals each year.

Mark and his wife are celebrating thirty years of marriage this year, and they have two adult sons. For fun, he spends time with family and friends, cooks, reads mystery novels, cross country skis, and bicycles.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Counseling Psychology; M.Div., University of Chicago Divinity School; B.A., St. Olaf College

Licensed Psychologist; Member, American Psychological Association

Executive Director, LeaderWise/North Central Development Center, 2000 – Present.

Visiting Professor, St. Olaf College, 1993 – Present.


Counseling Philosophy:

What would you give to feel happy again? I can help. Together, we’ll help you implement practices demonstrated by psychological science for over fifty years to be highly effective in restoring peace of mind and offering hope for the future. You will begin to understand how certain thoughts and behaviors interfere with well-being, how others create happiness, and how to consciously choose to live in a way that contributes to greater life satisfaction for yourself and others. I have seen countless lives transformed through learning these straightforward and easy-to-understand techniques. In fact, I practice them myself. As one patient asked, “Why doesn’t everyone know about these?” I’d like to change that and have you learn them, too. You will begin to master these methods to greater well-being, increased self-esteem, and improved relationships in a matter of a few sessions. For those who wish, I can also assist you in deepening your spiritual life through the practice of mindfulness meditation. Grounded in psychology and spirituality, this approach will free you from regrets of the past and worries about the future, in order to feel more alive in the present.