Mark Michel, Member-at-Large
Education: Bachelor of arts degree in English from Willamette University, pilot training through the U.S. Air force, squadron officer's school through the U.S. Air Force.
Occupation: Pilot with Alaska Airlines.
Personal information: Married to Traci for 24 years. I have a daughter, Cadence, who is heavily into three-day eventing (horse competition). My choice of exercise is mountain biking and jogging.
Professional qualifications: Annual training in Alaska Airlines Crew Resource Management, attended Washington Trails Coalition Conference in 2011, attended Evergreen Trails Meeting in 2010 and 2011, have been a trails committee chair since 2013.
Community involvement: Since moving to the Key Peninsula in 2002, I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Easter Seals Equestrian Therapy Program, Parks Appreciation Day, and Narrows Pony Club fundraisers, in addition to many days of volunteer trailing building and event oversight within our parks.
Personal views: Successful parks have people in them. I would like to promote the parks on the Key Peninsula to increase the number of people enjoying them. I believe recreation is a key to improving quality of life. I understand the enjoyment of passive recreation and electronic entertainment. i also believe in the harmful effects of failing to balance those activities with active outdoor recreation. I am optimistic we can provide more opportunity for residence of the Key Peninsula, while working within tightening financial constraints.