Mark G. Bodanza • 39 • Hillsborough
January 23. 2018 3:50PM
Birthplace: Leominster, Mass.
Family: Wife (Jennifer) married 16 years and seven children (four girls and three boys ages 14 years to 7 months)
High school: Mascenic Regional High School, New Ipswich
College/post grad degrees: Paralegal certification; A.S., Criminal Justice; B.A., Criminal Justice Administration; presently in Master's Program-Education.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
The best advice I have received has been “no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” I have found the best asset in any agency, church or company are the people who are involved in the mission. If you care for them and invest in them, they will carry that care to others and pay it forward.
Why did you choose your profession?
I really believe each of these professions “chose” me; they have been a calling. “I always wanted to help people.” The uniform and the "robe" give me the vehicle to which I am able to help people. As an expectation from society, people look to police and their pastor for help.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
The grace and mercy that has been extended to me from God. Christ being my example, coupled with the motivation to leave people better than we found them, are the reasons I give back to the community.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Slow down or get a bigger “Dixie cup.” My wife and I have this running joke that I enjoy filling my “Dixie cup,” which represents time, with as much sand, which represents projects/meetings/events, as possible. Most of the time it is running over. There is something to be said for “sharpening the saw” and resting, but I want my life to be thoroughly used up for God before I die.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
Mentoring. I believe young professionals are looking for guidance under the hand of a creditable tutor. Someone who is motivating, challenging, yet supportive and personable. New Hampshire is such a wonderful state that it sells itself as a whole, but people would stay if they had more meaningful connections.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Investing in our children and the young people of our communities in hopes they will continue to keep New Hampshire great and inspire for it to be even greater for their children.
What was your last major achievement?
Establishing a local addiction recovery chapter and training volunteers.
Volunteer activities: New Hampshire Correctional System volunteer in ladies and men’s prisons.