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).
Athletes, Coach Honored
Three Mercy High School student-athletes and a coach were honored at the second annual “Lead Like a Girl Luncheon,” held on February 5 at the College of St. Mary. Taking place on National Girls & Women in Sports Day, the event recognizes Omaha public and Catholic high school female student-athletes who have been nominated in the areas of leadership, character and teamwork as part of the NAIA Champions of Character pillars. There were 32 nominees in total, three of whom were Mercy students and one was a Mercy coach.
Catherynn Barnhart was nominated for the Spark Award.
Sierra Mann was nominated for the Integrity Award.
Summer Mann was nominated for the Trailblazer Award.
William Austin, Mercy’s Head Cross Country & Track and Field Coach, was nominated for the Coach of Character Award.