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Board Adds Four

January 10, 2020
By Deb Daley

Four new Board members were appointed by the Mercy Education System of the Americas to the Mercy High School Board of Trustees effective January 2020. Mercy is a sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy the Americas.   

The new Board members are: Molly Collins Beran ’97, Ob-Gyn Physician, CHI Health Clinic; Robert R. McGill, President, Robert McGill Construction Company; Annie Messersmith, Vice President/Comptroller, Mutual of Omaha; and Timothy Schmad, Former Executive Director, Omaha Community Playhouse. 

Molly Collins Beran, M.D., is a Mercy graduate who has been a physician for more than 15 years.  She received an English degree from Creighton University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2005.  The busy physician has four children and is part of a Mercy legacy as her older sisters Coralie Collins Kroll ’86 and Mary Collins Wolf ’88   attended the school.  The active alumna keeps in touch with classmates. Her educational and health sciences background will be beneficial to the Mercy Board. 

Robert McGill has been involved in construction for 48 years and has used his expertise to support many community organizations’ building projects and committees.  He is a past board member of Creighton Preparatory High School and served on several committees involved in Prep’s building expansions. He was on the Parish Council and Steering Committee at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church from 1981-1989 and on Creighton University’s Expansion Committee from 2000-2005.  With a strong passion for Catholic schools and the role they plan in the formation of young women and men, he looks forward to this appointment.

Annie Messersmith is returning to the Board. She is the Vice President of the Comptroller Group at Mutual of Omaha and has been with the company for more than 12 years.  She previously served on Mercy’s Board from 2008-2017. Active on the Catholic Charities Board, Messersmith brings experience in financial budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning to the school.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of South Dakota in 1982.  Her hopes are to bring her expertise to the mission of Mercy, especially in educating all women regardless of economic ability.  

With more than 40 years of nonprofit experience, Timothy Schmad has lent his talents to numerous community groups including the Rotary Club of Omaha as past president, St. Vincent de Paul Parish Council as past president, Creighton Prep’s Development Committee, Teammates as a Mentoring Board member.  He served as Executive Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse from 2000-2017.  Schmad holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He hopes to bring his business and volunteer acumen to Mercy and help the school fulfill its mission.