O’Fallon’s Lee appointed to SWIC Foundation Board

Progress Staff WriterJune 23, 2014 

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Mark A. Lee of O’Fallon has been named to the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation Board.

As a board member, Lee will support the foundation’s efforts to provide special educational and cultural activities that are not part of the college budget.

A Pennsylvania native who earned his degree in finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lee began his financial services career in 1995 as a retail banking center branch manager, advancing to financial advisor with American Express.

He left the industry for a short time to work in nonprofit business development before returning for opportunities with Wachovia Securities.

He moved with his wife Bernadette and son Ernest to southwestern Illinois to manage contract, agreement and disclosure revision projects for Wells Fargo Advisors.

Lee also is co-executive director of Ticket 2 Success, a 501(c)3 literacy, leadership and empowerment nonprofit corporation aimed at helping teenaged African-American males find the path to future success that he co-founded with Doug Wood, Ed.D., principal of Amelia Carriel Junior High School in O’Fallon.

In a news release announcing Lee’s appointment, SWIC said, “His proven bridge leadership skills allow him to recruit diverse professionals, corporations and social service institutions from across the country in support of home, community and school-based advancement activities.

His goal for the organization is to turn it into a premiere organization for youth with professional career and civic support aspirations.” Lee will serve through 2017.

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