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Meet Mark Mals, New MEP Executive Director

As Mercy Education Project of Detroit begins its 30th year of serving girls and women, MEP has named Mark C. Mals as its new Executive Director. Mark has been involved in education and program development and implementation for over 20 years, most recently at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Six years ago, Mark was drawn into MEP’s Mission when he and his wife, Sandy, started serving as volunteer tutors in the Girls’ Program at MEP. At that same time, Mark and Sandy also made the commitment to promote Mercy values and to live out the Mission of Mercy as Mercy Associates.

Mark is both honored and humbled to follow in the legacy of Sr. Canice Johnson, RSM, founder of Mercy Education Project. He embodies the spirit of Mercy through his commitment to MEP’s Mission, to the Mercy Core Values and Critical Concerns that focus on the importance of educating women and uplifting those who have been affected by systemic injustices, so they can achieve economic mobility and stability.

As someone who adores Detroit and understands the importance of supporting its residences, in addition to being an MEP tutor, Mark has spent many years volunteering at social services agencies and hospitals in the City of Detroit, including Manna Meals Soup Kitchen in Corktown, St. Dominic’s Soup Kitchen, Crossroads of Michigan, Henry Ford Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Leadership Team, Mark looks forward to beginning a post-Covid-19 strategic plan process to assure MEP will continue to empower girls and women to help them break the barriers that keep them from reaching their full potential. Mark envisions a plan that will focus on the potential growth and expansion of MEP’s Mission, the exploration of developing more holistic assistance, and increasing fiscal and long-term funding to assure the continuation of MEP’s Mission for the next 30 years and beyond.