Was born in Montana and raised in Wyoming. Right out of high school joined the military (ARMY/Army National Guard) and served 14 years. Got his degree in Psychology and Education in both Physical Education and Social Studies and has a Masters in Education.
Mark's heart and dreams originally, although always in serving and leadership, was working with troubled teens and helped develop and build several residential treatment centers for young men.
After settling down, Mark got married and had two amazing teenage children, a son in the the service (Army) and a daughter going into the medical field.
After serving on his local fire department, Mark received the vision and started building THE PEOPLE'S PATRIOT PROJECT, housed in his previous Limited Liability Corporation, Providence Farms Enterprises Incorporated.
Mark is very excited to be working on this project and hopes that he is able to serve the community and his fellow brothers and sisters in arms to open up opportunities that will make life more fulfilling for them and many others.
"Plant beans, get beans" - unknown
I was born in 1967 and raised in a military family. My father was Marine, and then finished his career in the Air National Guard.
I joined the Army Reserve at 17 in 1985. I was injured just before leaving for basic training and was discharged due to not being able to complete basic training and AIT within the allotted time. I enlisted in the Air Force in January 1987. I spent time at Sheppard Air Force Base and Mather Air Force Base before moving to the Oklahoma and Minnesota Air National Guard, where I finished my enlistment.
I was activated for Operation Desert Storm in February 1991 and was sent to Travis Air Force Base.
I have been involved with the American Legion and American Legion Riders since 2016.
I have been married for 26 years. I have three boys, ages 22, 18 and 14. I have been a teacher at Spring Lake Park High School since 2002, and teacher since 1993. I have lived in Spring Lake Park, MN since 2002.
Andrea is from Minnesota through and through. From elementary school in Lamberton and secondary school in Adrian, Andrea went to college at Augustana in Sioux Falls, SD, and Mankato State in Mankato, MN. She resides in Hastings, MN, with her husband and children. She has four wonderful boys, who are all grown now and setting out on their own adventures, and an amazing daughter who is living at home and going to college.
Andrea has always worked with children and has been a lifetime volunteer. As a stay at home mom, she was often doing daycare for others in her home. She has over 21 years of teaching the youth and confirmation age in her church, and absolutely enjoyed that time. When she felt her own children were quite self sufficient, she decided to get into teaching and after staying home to raise her 5 children, Andrea has been teaching secondary Language Arts for the last 10 years.
After meeting Founder Mark Petersen at a teaching convention and hearing about his project, Andrea found his vision and goals very worthy of being a part of. She decided to offer help and support for the cause, and has grown to be one of the spearheads of the growth and dynamic planning that has gone into getting the program on its feet.
Andrea is thrilled to be working with a team of the most supportive and striving people imaginable, and to be a part of making the mission and vision of supporting veterans and active duty service persons, firefighters, police officers and EMT personnel a successful entity.
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the
way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference." -Virginia Satir
Teacher in the Northfield Schools. Studied at Carleton College (BA), William Mitchell College of Law (JD) and Mankato State University (M ed).
Big supporter of the mission of this organization. I have a lot of veterans that I am close to, a student who committed suicide upon returning from Iraq. The need to take care of our veterans after 17 years of continuous war is great. We need to make sure they have the support they need after protecting and serving.