Homeport Employee Profile: Mark Childs

Mark, center, looks on at Marsh Run Apartments while special guest George Foreman III, left, speaks to teens.

Mark, center, looks on at Marsh Run Apartments while special guest George Foreman III, left, speaks to teens.

Title: Program Specialist

Responsibilities:  

I am part of a team coordinating programs and special events for Homeport residents. My main responsibilities are after-school and summer programs, youth mentoring initiatives and teen programs. I work closely with our contract partners, particularly Columbus Integrated Health Services, seeking ways to enhance programming at five of our residential communities serving about 150 children.

What do you like most about the organization?

What I like most about Homeport is its commitment to help our residents grow through education, awareness and exposure. As an affordable housing organization, Homeport could easily just focus on providing homes to low-moderate income families. I appreciate the organizational mission to create a healthy, stable home for all. I’m proud to say I work for an organization that gives children of all ages a fighting chance to develop and transform their lives. 

What have you done in your career that you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of?

Mark, center, competed in high school and college track. He coaches track now.

Mark, center, competed in high school and college track. He coaches track now.

I received a bachelor of science degree in History from Heidelberg University in 2010, and in 2012 I received a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Utica College in upstate New York. While at Utica I was the school’s Assistant Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field. I was also the head academic coordinator for the track student-athletes. It was particularly challenging because it was the first year of the track program.

Since moving back to Ohio, in addition to working at Homeport, I'm also an assistant track and field coach at New Albany High School, my alma mater, where I received All-Ohio recognition for the 800 meter dash.  I am also, at the request of parents, serving as a role model, mentor or “Big Brother” for area children. 

Favorite things I do outside of work?

I’m a big sport lover.  I spend a lot of my free time doing something active, whether it’s adult flag football, basketball, volleyball or just biking/running. I also volunteer as a referee for various sports and train youth all year round as they prepare for life and other sports. 

I am also pursuing another Master’s degree, this one in Human Services with a concentration in Non-Profit Management and Leadership. My thesis is focused on the impact of affordable housing. I've truly gained an appreciation for affordable housing organizations through my employment with Homeport.

Family is also a big part of my life. I spend a lot of time with my wife Hailee and our three kids, Jailen, Aiden and Marcy. Our favorite activities include playing video games, watching movies and just being silly.

To learn more about the impact of Mark, watch a video produced in 2015.