Never one for city-life, Mark Stanley moved to Pollock Pines in 1977 from Fort Bragg. “It was July and 105 degrees out. We just kept driving up the hill where it was cooler and there were trees,” Mark mused with warmth in his eyes.
Mark has a passion for community service. Now in his seventh year of volunteering his time to Marshall Foundation for Community Health, he is currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees.
When asked why he dedicates himself to the foundation, he explained, “I have had excellent care at Marshall Hospital over the past 45 years. I had a stroke in 2016 that took away my ability to talk or even make a sound. The care I received at Marshall was more like that you’d receive as a family member, rather than a big business. I’ll do whatever I can to help Marshall Medical Center continue to provide that type of care and to prosper into the future. The Foundation is a catalyst for health and provides resources for the hospital and its services, as well as other organizations with health related missions, all of which improves health outcomes and the quality of life of El Dorado County’s west slope residents. Though we live a more rural lifestyle, we don’t have to give up quality medical care as long as Marshall is around.”
Mark has a long history of community service, including serving the El Dorado Nordic Ski Patrol, Camino Community Action Committee, California Forest Pest Council, and the Sierra Renaissance Society of El Dorado County.
“I enjoy working with our various non-profits. I feel that it’s important to give back to your community. Whatever your talents are, you need to get involved to make your community, and your world, a better place to live.”
A Registered Professional Forester, Mark worked for the California Department of Forestry for 44 years and retired as the Chief Deputy Director. During his career, he worked in all facets of forest management including fire control, forestry, law enforcement, information technology, and statewide management.
Mark’s love of trees is also reflected in his favorite hobby, wood-turning. “I have my work in galleries in Placerville and Carmel. I just like wood. No two pieces are the same and the more unique a piece is, the more I like it.”
If you would like to learn more about how you can contribute to the health of our community, visit marshallfound.org, or call (530) 642-9984.