Vitae - Mark J. Heppner
Vice President for Historic Resources, Historic Ford Estates
A recent resident of Michigan, Mark is the Vice President for Historic Resources & Visitor Experience at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. Before assuming his current role, he was the Executive Director of Salisbury House & Gardens, an historic estate in Des Moines, Iowa, where he lived for three years. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Museum Services Division & Curator at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, an AAM accredited historic house museum and gardens in Akron, Ohio. He received his B.A. at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a major in History and minors in Political Science and Anthropology. His M.A. degree comes from Cleveland State University where he majored in American History with specific focus in public history and archival research. Mark is a 2004 graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration program and in 2006 he spent a month in Thailand as a participant of the AAM sponsored International Partnerships Among Museums program focused on cultural exchange and appreciation. He is an active member of Rotary, Kiwanis and has filled several community leadership roles. Since his arrival to Michigan he has joined the board of MotorCities National Heritage Area and has become a member of the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe. In addition, he is a graduate of Leadership Akron (2008-2009) and the 2009-2010 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Mark is very dedicated to local and state history, assisting museums and historical societies with various administrative, collections management, education, marketing, and other museum/community-related issues. He is married to his wife, Amy, and they have three children.