Marcel received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, and his graduate degree in theology and pastoral care from the Gregorian University and the North American College in Rome, Italy. He served in parish, hospital and seminary ministry in Rhode Island for 15 years. He began working for Donor Network of Arizona in 1998 establishing their Donor Family aftercare program. Presently, he serves as the Director of Donor Family and Advocate Services guiding the Donation and Family Advocates who speak to families while still directing the aftercare program and aftercare staff at Donor Network. The present focus of his work and study is decision making and meaningful conversation with families in times of emotional crisis and trauma.