Mark Quaas: Executive Director
Mark is the Director of Walk the Talk Missions, a start-up, nonprofit missions sending and training agency. The primary focus of Walk the Talk Missions is home building for the poor and needy and community-centered development in the Northern Baja California region, specifically Ensenada and Tijuana, Mexico. In this role, Mark manages recruiting and training of participants, arranges travel and all logistics for outreach trips, coordinates all details for large, multi-participant meetings, participates in all on-field activities, prepares expense reports, exhibits knowledge of marketing techniques and web design, and a multitude of other responsibilities. Mark is also very comfortable with public speaking.
Mark uses his ability to prioritize and multi-task on a daily basis while maintaining discernment of the confidential and sensitive information he encounters regularly. As a result, he is very organized and has the ability to compartmentalize daily tasks. Mark is outgoing and has high energy. He is a team player and enjoys both working alone, in addition to working well with others. Mark has proven leadership skills yet accedes to others in a team situation. Prior to his current role, Mark worked with the US Postal Service as a Letter Carrier for almost 24 years.
Additionally, Mark was owner and operator of Marquis Catering, a small full-service catering company that serviced the needs of those from large-scale weddings to small, intimate celebrations.
Over the years, Mark has obtained a certificate in Basic Art through Minneapolis Art Instruction Schools, successfully completed the Catering and Gourmet Cooking Program offered by Thomas Education Direct and a Culinary Degree from Art Institutes International of Minnesota. He has also completed a defensive driving course as a requirement of federal vehicle licensing through the US Postal Service. Mark is also proficient in a myriad of computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.
Outside of work, Mark enjoys time with family and friends and he is very active in his local church and volunteers on many levels. In addition to several dozen or more home building trips to Mexico, there have been opportunities to serve in Biloxi, Mississippi during the Hurricane Katrina disaster and 6 weeks in Costa Rica with Praying Pelican Missions. Mark has been blessed by working alongside his wife Susie on many occasions, and their involvement in local ministry has kept them in touch with the ever growing need in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Mark is an avid photographer and chronicles many of these activities. Susie and Mark have two grown sons.
Susie Quaas: Secretary
I have been a board member for WTTM since 2014. My first trip was in October of 2008. After Mark had gone to Ensenada on his first build and told me all about it, I wanted to go and experience it for myself. Everything was great: meeting the missionaries on the YWAM base; meeting and building for our selected family; shopping with the family for groceries; and, finally, experiencing their excitement as they entered their brand-new, furnished home. This experience was so moving for myself and my entire team.
However, later that day, we went and visited the first family Mark and his team had built for several months prior — the Alvarez family. The welcoming we got from this family was incredible! When they saw the vans pull up near their new home, they burst outside with huge smiles on their faces and welcomed us with hugs and kisses. Inside they had a photo of the team that had built their home proudly displayed for all to see. They shared with us that they continue to pray for God’s blessings upon their team every day — their new family in America. That was very powerful and, quite honestly, one of the main reasons I keep going back — the relationships. Also, I want to bring others down to Mexico so they can experience all of this as well.
I want to continue to be a part of WTTM because of all the great things WTTM is able to do in Mexico — building homes, community centers, churches; providing food and supplies for feeding programs; money for uniforms so kids can go to school; the list goes on and on. I have different and special memories with each team and each family I’ve had the pleasure of building for. Truly, each experience I have from these trips helps to make me better in some way.
Mary Jo Andreasen: Marketing
Brian Andreasen: Treasurer
Barry Borgeson: Member-at-large
Jess Lingbeek: Fundraising Chairwoman
Eric Lingbeek: Creative Director