A native of Indiana County, D. Mark Simpson is a graduate of Marion Center Area High School (1992), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1996), and Penn State University’s RULE Program, Pennsylvania’s Rural Leadership Program (2005).
After earning his bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Mark worked as a substitute teacher and became an AmeriCorps member with the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps (PMSC), serving two full-time AmeriCorps terms with the Indiana County Office of the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Following completion of his second term of service, he was hired by PMSC and worked as a regional coordinator in Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Huntingdon, Indiana, and Westmoreland Counties for 4 ½ years. After a brief return to elementary teaching in Wilmington, Delaware, he moved back to Pennsylvania in November 2004 and joined the PennSERVE team based at the Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg. Mark now works as Professional Support with Penn-Mar.