2016 Grand Marshal - Mark L. Donald
The Apple Blossom Festival is proud to announce the Grand Marshal for this year is Mark Donald, the most decorated Physician Assistant in the history of the United States Navy.
A former Navy SEAL and frontline medical provider Mark understands how to overcome adversity, and critical decision-making in the high stress environment. His book BATTLE READY – Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic, which is currently being developed by Joe Carnahan, writer and director of The Black List and State of Affairs, into a television series describing his life in special operations and the difficulties he faced with Post-Traumatic Stress.
A loyal advocate for America’s service members Mark devotes a great deal of his time supporting the veteran community. He’s served on the Board of Directors of the Legion of Valor, the Special Operations Medical Association and as the Commander of Military Order of Purple Heart for the Department of Virginia. Currently, Mark is President of JIC Global; a Virginia based consulting firm specializing in global health, workforce development and cross-cultural outreach strategies.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science, and a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. His military decorations include the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with “V” for combat distinction, the Purple Heart, the Special Warfare (SEAL) breast insignia, the Honduran Medal of Merit and various other personal, unit and campaign awards.
Mark is married to Korrina R. Donald. They have two grown children, a son serving in the Marine Corps and a daughter competing in track at Texas A&M
Mark will be honored and speak at The All Service Club Luncheon which is open to the public. Tickets are $25 for a single ticket and $225 for a Table of 10 at www.appleblossom.org, at the Festival Office (2 S. Chelan Ave.) or by calling 509.662.3616.