J. Mark Wood has resided in Louisa County for over 48 years and is Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) area land-use engineer for Fluvanna, Louisa and Orange counties. After graduating high school, Wood worked full time in the surveying and engineering fields while attending college. He earned an associate of applied science degree in civil engineering technology from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology from Old Dominion University.
Wood is licensed as a professional engineer and a land surveyor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wood oversees land development and permitting activities for VDOT and serves on the Fluvanna County Technical Review Committee, the Louisa County Development Review Committee and the Orange County Application Review Committee. Wood graduated from VDOT's leadership development program.
Wood worked for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for 23 years and received national recognition from the States Organization for Boating Access for his professionalism in boat access design. He has worked extensively on environmental permitting for construction projects from the Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wood is a lifetime member of the Louisa County Historical Society. He coached and managed Louisa Little League Baseball, and served as a VDOT Adopt-a-Highway Volunteer, Louisa County Agriculture Fair Board of Directors, notary public, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, AWANA worker, church treasurer, deacon and chairman of the deacons.
Since elected to the REC Board, Wood has earnestly sought to be fully credentialed and informed of regulations and operations of electric cooperatives, earning the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director and the Board Leadership Certificate designations. Wood currently serves as the REC Board Secretary. Mark and his wife Becky live in the Cuckoo area of Louisa County.