About Mark Long
Mark's wife, Jill, is a passionate advocate for early childhood education and is a dedicated Family Advocate at YMCA Frederick County Head Start. Mark and Jill have two adult children, Seth and Meghan, and enjoy taking walks with their dog, Duncan.
In the early part of his adult life, before returning to Thurmont to join the family business and raise his family, Mark worked with developmentally disabled adults for eight years at a nonprofit organization in Alexandria, VA. He taught his clients essential living skills and coached them in self-sufficiency so that they became productive members of their community. For the last four years in that position, Mark was promoted to administrator of the Residential Services Division of the agency, which was like Community Living Inc. of Frederick County. Mark hired and managed staff, and ran the overall program, which consisted of three group homes and 12 apartment units.
Mark was brought up in the Moravian Church, and over the years served on numerous committees and participated in many aspects of the church. This provided opportunities to work with people to develop and achieve common goals. After serving in various leadership roles, in 1992 Mark was elected to the Eastern District Executive Board of the Moravian Church, Northern Province, and served in this position for eight years. This body provided general oversight for all the congregations and organizations of the denomination in the northeast, from Maryland to Toronto Canada. During this same period, Mark attended several denominational Synods, at both regional and national levels, where he helped develop and craft legislation for the denomination. This opportunity has given him useful leadership experience.
Mark serves the larger Frederick County community in a variety of ways. He currently serves on The Frederick County Affordable Housing Council (AHC), as well as on the Board of Directors of three local non-profit organizations, Interfaith Housing Alliance (IHA), Envision Frederick County, and Kitsune, Inc.
The AHC is an advocacy group for affordable housing and advises the county on ways to increase the availability of opportunities for residents of all socioeconomic backgrounds to live in Frederick County. Members are appointed by the County Executive and approved by the County Council.
IHA is a creator of affordable housing and has created more than 1,200 units over the past 25 years. Envision Frederick County is “dedicated to enhancing the social, economic and environmental vitality and sustainability of our community”. “Kitsune, Inc” is a new non-profit that is working to create supportive housing for adults with developmental disabilities such as those with autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities or executive functioning disorder.
Mark also serves his community as a member of the Thurmont Lions Club and has served on the Board of Directors of TLC. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and recently completed the Leadership Frederick County program operated by the chamber. Mark is also an affiliate member of the Frederick County Association of Realtors and a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
Mark was born and raised in Frederick County and currently lives in Emmitsburg, MD, with his wife of 44 years. Mark's family has lived in Frederick County for generations. His father was raised as a farmer and later entered the building industry, forming Long Construction, Inc. Mark was involved for more than 20 years in the family building business. Mark currently operates his own small business, Peace of Mind Home Inspections, a small business serving central Maryland and south Central Pennsylvania.