Introducing the 2022 Team Guardian crew!
Mark was born in Newport, Rhode Island and spent his childhood fishing and exploring the local waters. At age 12 he was introduced to mountaineering which quickly developed into a passion; reaching the summit of mountains on four continents and making two attempts on Everest by age of 16. Following in the path of his father and grandfather, Mark pursued his childhood dream of being in law enforcement, and in 2002 started working as a police officer for Mason, Ohio. In 2004 he moved to Farmington, New Mexico to continue his career with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. Mark graduated from the FBI National Academy, Class #266, and currently holds the rank of Captain. He and his wife Robyn have two children and they spend as much time as possible in the outdoors.
Jarrod was born and raised in Medford, Minnesota and graduated from Alexandria Technical College in 2008 with an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement. In 2008, Jarrod moved to New Mexico and began his career in law enforcement where he currently serves as a Lieutenant with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. He has held many positions within the Sheriff’s Office to include: Patrol Deputy, S.E.T. Deputy, Task Force Officer with U.S. Marshal’s Service, Corporal/FTO, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Detective Sergeant. Jarrod and his wife, Jill have two children, Brock and Kade. Jarrod enjoys spending his time outdoors with family and friends. Jarrod was introduced to ocean rowing by Mark, a fellow rower, in November 2018 where they started planning for this voyage.
Mike was born in Minnesota but raised on the Navajo Indian reservation where his parents served as missionaries. He moved to Belen, New Mexico, in 1982, married his college sweetheart, Darlene, and served on the Rio Communities Volunteer Fire Dept. as an EMT, and was a First Aid and CPR instructor. In 1987 he was hired by the Belen Police Dept. graduating from the New Mexico Police Academy #88. He moved to Farmington, New Mexico in 1991, and continued his law enforcement career with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office until his retirement in 2009. He now pastors a church in the Albuquerque area. They have four grown children and 7 grandchildren. Mike trained and ran a marathon with Mark but has no remembrance of Jarrod applying with the Sheriff’s Office, even though Jarrod wore a suit to the interview. When Mark and Jarrod approached him about joining the row team it fit right in with his desire to help the men and women of law enforcement where he had spent so many years serving.