Mark is the founder and Director of the Missouri Youth Services Institute (MYSI). He previously served as Director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services for over 17 years until retiring in July of 2005, after 35 years of service in this field. During his tenure as Director, Missouri's Youth Services programs were visited by over 20 state juvenile justice jurisdictions and featured in numerous local, state and national publications. Missouri's juvenile recidivism rate of only 8% back into juvenile custody and 8% into Missouri's prisons has been one of the best success rates in the country. Steward served as President of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators in 2004-2005, and was selected as the Outstanding Juvenile Correctional Administrator in 2003 and as Missouri's Child Advocate of the Year in 2004.