Rural Community Builder Name: Mark Yaconelli

Community: Rogue Valley

Role: Community story weaver, seeder and harvester

What is one word or phrase that describes this person as an RCB: Love-Filled

Recognized by: Max Gimbel

Tell us a bit about what you appreciate about them as an RCB: Mark’s work with The Hearth inspires compassion, humility and a sense of belonging. In times when people, especially rural people, can feel so isolated, Mark works to help connect people through story. During the challenges of covid, wildfires and racial inequities, Mark leans into dark places and finds the light to share with others and helps others find it for themselves. And he does this all with a heart full of love and mind full of wit.