Founder & CEO
Cyndi’s passion for supporting caregivers was ignited due to the deeply personal and overwhelming experience of watching her mom care for her dad. Years after his passing, Cyndi began caring for her mom through illness while simultaneously caring for her brother through a serious illness of his own.
Recognizing that she needed to care for herself during that time, Cyndi joined a walking group supporting caregivers through local health organizations. Seeing the potential for additional support services, Cyndi quickly found herself leading the program and building a robust, successful offering.
Upon her mom’s passing, Cyndi used her business and marketing background along with the wisdom gained through direct experience to develop Breathing Spaces as an ever-expanding resource for both family caregivers and professional caregivers alike.
“As a caregiver, the art of life balance is crucial. No one should ever go through this journey alone.” Mariner states. “Self-care begins with a breath.”
Mark has over 35 years of healthcare experience having served as both a senior level hospital and health care executive and well as a consultant and entrepreneur. In addition to working with Breathing Spaces, he is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of SRHO – The National Association and as President/Co-Founder of Summit Senior Solutions. His past positions included President of Socius Health Solutions, Managing Director with PwC, Founder of AlphaHealth, and serving in numerous senior hospital leadership roles with Novant Health and Presbyterian Healthcare.
Mark has had the opportunity to guide a number of healthcare start-ups, lead the development and operations of two ground-breaking new hospitals, lead the operations of large physician practices and provide strategic direction to over 75 healthcare organizations. Mark earned his Bachelors degree in Business from Virginia Tech and a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Duke University, and is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE) as well as a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA).