Mark Epstein is relatively new to WGVU but not to public media. While living in LA Mark and his wife Ricki became very dependent on KCRW to keep them informed of daily events following the January 17, 1994 earthquake centered within just 10 miles from their apartment. A nice welcome to LA for these two New York born and bred people. Mark from upstate and Ricki from the White Plains area. They live in Laketown Township walking distance to Lake Michigan just outside Holland. And, they now know what a pole barn is.
This is Mark’s first foray into the non-profit sector following in Ricki’s footsteps. She is the Development Director for St. Cecilia Music Center. Prior to coming to WGVU, Mark’s background included the printing industry, a long career in information management, retailing, and even a little head hunting (as a recruiter for law firms in NYC).
Mark and Ricki are the proud guardians for two rescues; Kramer their cat and good friend of 19 years and Joaquin the more recent addition to the household, a 4 year old Jack Russell, Pug and Chihuahua mix that went blind two years ago. “We have a passion for adopting “lost boys and sometimes girls” from the street and we would love to save them all.”
Yes, Mark is a NY Giants’ fan and very happy this year, a Yankees fan, but also appreciates the Lions’ recent come back. Mark aspires to be a professional golfer or at least someone who could break 90 consistently. He enjoys cooking, music of all genres, theater and relaxing in the yard watching Ricki plant and sow. Mark is a Business Development Coordinator responsible for contracting organizations to become sponsors of WGVU programming and events.