Mark B. Saunders
Mark Saunders was born very young in Los Angeles in 1959. Growing up, Mark’s family lived in several locations on the west side of LA, where he attended public, private, and parochial schools.
Influenced by Jacques Cousteau, Mark left Los Angeles to study marine biology at UC Santa Barbara. While taking classes at UCSB, Mark also studied massage therapy and became a massage therapist. By the time he graduated, his massage clientele generated enough income to put marine biology on hold for several years.
Mark’s first “real job” was as a biology technician for an experimental program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Fish and Game Department. This program provided former gillnet fishermen with a way to earn a living after stricter laws to protect sea otters were enacted. The experiment was an environmental fiasco. After several altercations with hostile fishermen while out at sea, Mark decided to make a career change and pursue his passion for writing.
After completing an undergraduate English Literature degree in three quarters, Mark was accepted to the graduate creative writing program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mark’s three years at CU were enlightening, humbling, as well as a time of great healing and reflection. This experience established Mark’s lifelong motif of service and education.
Since graduating with a master’s degree in English Literature in 1994, Mark has honed his communication skills in a number of professions: copywriter, journalist, editor, editor-in-chief, marketer, public relations director, and community college instructor.
Mark strives to embody Mahatma Gandhi’s edict to “be the light you want to see in this world.” His personal mission is to help people enhance their health & wellness so they can live to their fullest potential.
Five qualities that Mark brings to the table:
- The desire to engage, inform, inspire, and entertain people while persuading them to make smart choices about their health and the health of the planet.
- The goal of working in creative collaboration with intelligent and inspirational people on projects that change the world.
- Mark’s motto: Explore often, learn well, change fast, and explore again.
- What he does best: Synthesize complex ideas and translate them into easy-to-understand content that is informative and enjoyable to read or watch.
- His aspiration is to become part of an esprit de corps team that thrives on synergy and developing creative solutions to “wicked problems.”
Mark lives in Niwot, Colorado with his Brazilian rescue dog, Bianca (BB). During his free time, you can find Mark on his road bike or hiking the trails of Boulder County with BB.