Message from Karrie
(director of Susan Jeffers organization)
I first met Mark and Susan when they hired me in 2005 to help with Susan’s publishing venture, Jeffers Press. I worked closely with both of them for two years and Mark became a mentor to me. Even after I left, and went through several other jobs, I continued to freelance for Jeffers Press and Susan Jeffers Organization. As anyone who knew Mark or Susan, business and friendship were freely intermixed. You couldn’t work with either of them for long without becoming their friend.
After Susan passed away, Mark invited me to write Susan’s monthly articles and blog posts. It was important to him that whoever carried on promoting Susan’s legacy had also known Susan personally. During the last decade or so, Mark and I worked hard to make sure that we honored Susan’s legacy in a way she would approve. It wasn’t always easy, but it was something that we both believed in. Mark was determined to keep Susan’s work alive worldwide and relevant.
Many longtime fans of Susan’s work know Mark as she wrote about him—her lover, her champion, her partner, her “relationship gold.” For the rest of us, he was an encouraging friend, a mentor and cheerleader to everyone he knew, a loving and supportive father, a doting grandfather, and a devoted husband to Donna.
Mark was also a fighter, as he proved to the cancer that he battled for many years. His last few years were tough, but he was tougher. He lived his life fully, smiled every chance he got, and blessed every day he was given. For me, I will always remember him as my cheerful supporter, mentor, and friend.
Message from Rachael
(director of Feel the Fear Training)
To make a positive difference to someone else’s life is, I believe, one of the most important acts we can do as a human being. Mark changed my life for the better since the first time I spoke with him in 2007, when he granted permission for me to be a Feel the Fear instructor. He supported me as a trainer, then changed my life once again when he made me the director of Feel the Fear Training, so that I could recruit and train instructors all over the world to spread Susan’s message. If it wasn’t for the foresight of Mark, we wouldn’t have built the Feel the Fear training team as big as we have all around the world.
We will never know how many people our instructors have positively impacted through attending workshops. Nor will we know how many people these delegates have then impacted through sharing the strategies from Susan’s books. This positive change originated from Mark committing to ensuring this happened after Susan’s death. Thank you Mark for not only keeping Susan’s work alive but for changing my life too. Your kindness and belief in me will always be treasured.