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Mark Calmes

ALS Association Position: Vice Chair, The ALS Association Board of Trustees
Professional Position: Vice President, Environmental
Company: Archer Daniels Midland
Location: Decatur, IL
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Mark’s journey with the ALS Association began in June 2009, when his wife, Jane, was diagnosed with ALS at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During the wrap-up meeting with Mayo care services staff, Mark and Jane were given information about the St. Louis Regional Chapter and the St. Louis University ALS Clinic. Shortly thereafter, they were attending the clinic and Mark was learning what he could about The Association and the services it provides. In the following months, Mark formed a family Walk to Defeat ALS team, Jane’s Angels, and the family has been prolific in raising funds ever since. In the first nine years since the team was formed, Jane’s Angels raised more than $643,000 for the Association. After a heroic eight-year battle with the disease, Jane passed away on August 16, 2017. The legacy of Jane’s Angels continues with Mark and his four children, Chris, Andy, Kim and Nikki and their spouses Lisa, Rex and Adam, and his four grandchildren, Gracie, Tatum, Sadie and Adaline.

In 2014, Mark was referred by the St. Louis Regional Chapter and nominated by the Governance Committee to become a Trustee on the National Board of Trustees of the ALS Association. He was elected to the Board in February of 2015 and currently serves as the Board’s Vice Chair. Moreover, he is Chair of the Board’s Care Services Committee and also serves on its Public Policy Committee. As one of Jane’s primary caregivers, Mark became a passionate patient advocate. In addition to working directly with pALS and their advocacy needs, he has advocated on behalf of the ALS community with the Illinois legislature and actively participates in the Association’s Congressional Fly-ins, National ALS Advocacy Conferences and Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill, and ongoing letter writing campaigns with the U.S. Congress. He and Jane also created a foundation that provides support and resources to needy families dealing with ALS in the Central and Southern Illinois region.

A native of the state of Wisconsin, Mark is Vice President, Environmental for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). In this role, Mark has global responsibility for evaluating environmental issues and formulating effective strategies that help shape company policies, standards and practices to achieve company goals. He and his team also provide services to help ensure the company’s compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

Mark joined ADM in 1974 as a production engineer and has held a number of other positions with the company in the U.S. and Europe, including plant manager; Director, Corporate Loss Prevention; and Vice President, Environmental Engineering Services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and has been a practicing environmental engineer for over 36 years. Mark is a member of and has served in leadership positions with a number of industry trade and professional associations and organizations. He has also served on several state and federal environmental advisory groups and committees representing his company, industry and the State of Illinois in regard to environmental regulations and climate change.

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