Mario is an ordained Southern Baptist Elder/Minister who has been serving as a Chaplain since 2009. Mario has degrees in Criminal Justice, Health Science and Nursing. He has also attended Golden Gate Seminary. Mario holds a Senior Chaplains status with the International Conference of Police Chaplains and is a graduate of the Police & Fire Chaplains Academy held at the Washington State Justice Academy in Burien. Mario has received extensive training in Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Management, Sex Crimes Advocacy, Domestic Violence Resolution, Hostage Negotiation and Homicide Scene Management. Mario has also served as commissioned police officer with the Longview Police Department and is a graduate of the Washington State Police Academy. In addition, He has also served as certified Washington State Fire Instructor and as a Designated Mental Health professional providing crisis care in the community. Mario is married to his wonderful wife (Nancy) and resides in Longview.