Mark Manrique

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Lansing, Michigan

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My wife Karen and I met at Michigan State in 1969 and married in 1972. We have a son, Paul, who is a terrific kid. He is 14 (1997), but wise and funny beyond his years. He plays baseball (made the all star team last year at the bottom of his age group) and ran cross country for the first time last fall. His cross country team took third in the state and received an invitation to the national AAU Youth Championships in Cleveland on December 7 (and I thought the Scott Park meet was cold!). The team did well with 3 guys receiving All American honors. Paul finished about mid pack, but is already looking forward to next season when he will be at the top of his age group and the meet will be held in Florida. I expect it should be a tad bit warmer. Paul just started running track this spring and is hopeful for a good season. He also sings in the school choir and a smaller group called the select ensemble. They have a choir director who would have fit right in at Patton. He gets the kids to go above and beyond normal expectations. Their select group sang at the state capital during the holidays and as a result, got invited as the only group to perform at the Governor's residence for a party. He also formed a doo woop group that performed at the school Christmas concert (remember the singing sessions at Patton with Sully and Moose beating on the pots from the kitchen?)
After MSU, I substitute taught for a couple years in the Lansing and East Lansing School Districts and did a little coaching on the side. In 1971 I began working for the neighborhood legal services program as a community organizer and paralegal. I carried a caseload representing clients on public benefit issues and supervised the program's VISTA project. In 1978 I started working for the Office of Consumer Protection with the Michigan Insurance Bureau. In 1987 I took a position with the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging where I am today. As Legal Services Developer, I provide technical assistance and support to the legal services programs serving seniors throughout the state under the Older Americans Act. I also do quite a bit of work on consumer issues and crime targeting the elderly.(4/97)

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