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Mark Calmes

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 team, Jane’s Angels, and the family has been prolific in raising funds ever since. In the first five years since the team was formed, Jane’s Angels has raised more than $277,000 for The Association. In addition to Mark and Jane, Jane’s Angels is comprised of their four children, Chris, Andy, Kim and Nikki and their spouses Lisa, Rex and Adam, and their two grandchildren, Gracie and Tatum.

In addition to fundraising, Mark and Jane joined and support The ALS Association’s Research Council, have advocated on behalf of the ALS community with the Illinois legislature and participate in The Association’s ongoing letter writing campaigns with the U.S. Congress, and they provide support to needy families dealing with ALS in the Central Illinois region. As one of Jane’s primary caregivers, Mark has become and relishes the role of patient advocate.

Mark was referred by the St. Louis Regional Chapter and nominated by the Board Development and Nominating Committee. A native of the state of Wisconsin, he 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 also provides 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 numerous other positions with the company, 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 33 years. Mark is a member of and serves in leadership positions with a number of 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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