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Sr. Dee Leaving at the End of the School Year

On Wednesday, September 7th, Sr. Delores Hannon announced her resignation as president of Mercy High School to the Board of Directors effective June 30th, 2023. She has served as president since 2009, having served for 14 years.

Sr. Dee, as she is affectionately known to students, faculty and parents, has overseen many changes at the school. The school facilities have experienced improvements with The Hannon Center for Academic Success, heating and cooling systems, new lockers, bathrooms, a dramatic facelift to the front offices and entryway, to name a few. By the time Sr. steps down, most of the school will have gone through some sort of renovation. Mercy High School has also experienced growth in their academic reputation. “One of the things I’m most proud of is the expectation that our students will be readily prepared for college” Sr. Delores explains. “We’ve expanded our counseling and SAT/ACT preparation, while faculty and staff have increased the expectations of what our students are capable of accomplishing. I have a very strong faith that the Mercy spirit continues to thrive through our students as they serve in their respective communities.”

Sr. Delores  has been an educator for more than 40 years. She grew up in North English, Iowa on a mixed livestock farm, the only child of William and Mary Hannon. She joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1969 and quickly was tapped for leadership in schools. She became a principal at St. Matthew’s Grade School in Kalispell, Montana, in 1978 followed by a short stint at Our Lady of Grace School in Edina, Minnesota, from 1981-1983. From 1983-1995 Sr. Dee was the principal at several grade schools in Iowa. She moved on to serve as the Vice President of the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the President of St. Edmond Catholic School in Fort Dodge, Iowa before ultimately coming to Mercy High School in 2009.

The Board of Directors will form a search committee to begin the search process in the near 
future.
 

Mercy Welcomes Two New Faculty

 

Jim Mayberger is our new business and technology teacher.  He comes to us from OPS where he was a curriculum specialist.

He managed the Business Marketing and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Skilled and Technical Science, and Robotics departments.

“I am excited to teach in a faith-based school. I really enjoy being in the classroom and I look forward to being part of the Mercy community.”

 

 

 

Jenna Saraka joins our math department.  She comes to us from Omaha Central, where she taught for five years.  

“I am most excited about joining a staff and community that offers strong educational opportunities and many extracurricular activities for students that are centered around faith. 

I am also excited to work with students who are eager to learn in and out of the classroom!”

Two New Hires for the Advancement Team

Sammie Emsick Becker ’05 has accepted the Director of Events position at Mercy High School and began her new role on June 13, 2022.

Since graduating from Mercy, Sammie earned a bachelor in elementary education, a certificate in Catholic School leadership, and most recently, a Master of Science in educational leadership. Outside classroom teaching, she has served as the athletic director for St. James for the past three years where, in conjunction with supervising all things athletics, annually planned the “Spring Fling” fundraiser where dollars raised went straight to the athletic program. Her most recent “Spring Fling” event set a record for money raised for St. James. She further has event planning experience by way of her time at Dundee Bank, where she was the community involvement coordinator and worked closely with various Omaha businesses to promote and grow relationships with key stakeholders of the bank via special events.


She’s married to Tyler Becker and has two boys Ty (12) and Drew (10). 
Welcome back to Mercy Sammie!


Brian Altenhofen began his new position as Director of Marketing and Communications on July 5th.

He comes to Mercy with a wealth of knowledge having earned a doctorate degree in communication and technology studies from Texas A&M University and teaching at Truman State University for the past five years. He also served as the Director of the Truman Leadership Scholars, mentoring and programming leadership experiences for Truman Scholars. Prior to his academic career he spent five years as a Jesuit Scholastic.

He is married to Michaela Cullan Altenhofen who will return to Mary Our Queen Catholic School teaching 3rd grade. They have four children Dylan (16), Lily (9), Dominic (7), and Clara (3). 

 

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Alumna Potter to MC FIESTA

November 19, 2018
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School has named Carrie Potter ’95, alumna and president of The Carrie Potter Group, LLC, Houston, Texas, the Master of Ceremonies for its largest, annual fundraiser, FIESTA (Friends In Earnest Supporting Tuition Assistance). The event, February 16, 2019 at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District, features a dinner, silent and live auction and other activities to benefit the school’s Negotiated Tuition Program. Potter is an award-winning executive who provides business consulting and financial planning services to professional athletes and small businesses. Previously she was Vice President at PMG Sports in Washington, D.C.  She also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Rice University Department of Sport Management. 

No stranger to the limelight, Potter serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Houston Area Women’s Center Board of Directors and has served on the Board for ten years; President of Women in Sports & Events (WISE) Houston; and President-Elect of Texas Executive Women.  She earned two degrees in business, B.B.A.’ 99 and M.B.A.’01, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and serves on the Executive Committee of the School of Business Board of Advisors, chairing the Student Experience Committee. Carrie is a Senior Fellow from Class XXXIV of the American Leadership Forum and after participating in Class 34 of the Center for Houston’s Future, co-chaired its 2018 Leadership Campaign. She was named a 2016 Women on the Move by Texas Executive Women, a part of the Houston Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 class and honored as a STEAM Role Model by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2018.  

Carrie was also valedictorian of her class at Mercy, the first female president at The George Washington University and a writing assistant for The Babe Book: Baseball’s Greatest Legend Remembered.  Her three sisters, Katie Potter Peterson ’99, Julie Potter Richt ’01 and Mary Jo Potter ’04, also attended the school.

“This year’s FIESTA theme is Destined to Shine and Carrie is a shining example of an accomplished alumna with amazing talents and skills. Her understanding of Mercy’s mission and how the teachings of Catherine McAuley have affected her approach to business, are very inspirational,” said Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM, President, Mercy High School.  

Registration for FIESTA will be open soon on Mercy’s website, www.mercyhigh.org/fiesta/.
 
To learn more about Carrie’s inspirational story click on https://www.mercyhigh.org/alumnae/acting-with-courage/.