Mark is leadership influencer and an ever transforming person of faith. While riding the rollercoaster of life Mark has met success and setback in both his personal and professional life. Fueled with exuberant optimism and enduring spirituality, he has effectively traversed the relational traumas of life; death of those he loved, divorce and self-doubt.
During his more than 25 year professional career, Mark has excelled as a servant leader, stakeholder collaborator and operational integrator. Always curious to find emerging areas for greater impact, Mark has never feared vocational transitions. Over the years he has successfully repositioned himself to be influential in three significant roles; teacher, school administrator and executive leader.
As a teacher and coach he changed the lives of thousands of teenagers through his compassionate engagement with students in the classroom and on the field. When tapped to serve as an educational leader and then called into ministry as a church executive, he in turn influenced the lives, families and careers of hundreds of adults by wadding head first into the relational mishmash that is the human condition. In each role and in every space, Kolkman consistently listens, leads and loves those around him by seeking authentic ways to inspire others to dream more, believe more and achieve more. Whether in the workplace, his professional network, community of faith or while relaxing at the local Starbucks, Mark is always looking for new ways to add value to others.
Mark and his wife were each born and raised in the Chicago suburbs where they still reside today. Together they are the loving parents of two great sons and the persevering owners of two so-so dogs. They are equally yoked in their faith but when it comes to professional baseball, they are a house divided.