In the public arena, Mark Shepard served two terms in the state senate (2003-2006) of his home state of Vermont. Mark has published many columns promoting limited-constitutional-government and free-market perspectives in print and online media since 2001. Mark’s major public arena focus since serving in public office has been to help move education from the state monopoly model to a free-market model, where parents can find an education model that matches well with their children and their worldview and protecting against the dangers of the state being in a position to control the thinking of a generation. Professionally, since graduate school (1993) Mark has owned and operated a business in the industrial automation sector. Mark holds both bachelor and master level degrees in Electrical Engineering, having studied at LETU, UF, MIT and RPI.