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).
Faculty, Coaches Named
Nina Noronha will teach theology and music in the 2020-2021 school year. Noronha most recently served as a Hall Coordinator at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She has an extensive background in music and was the music director and choreographer for show choir camps at Xavier High School; music director and co-founder of Jaybeats A Capella at Creighton University; President of The University of New Mexico Concert Choir; and judge and clinician for the Best of New Mexico A Capella Festival.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Creighton University in 2018 and is currently working towards her Master’s in Education from Creighton University.
Paul Beran, who currently teaches science, has been appointed as the head cross country coach. He has served as the assistant coach for several years. He joined the faculty in 2017 and has been teaching science for over 30 years. He also coached cross-country, track and football at other schools.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education with endorsements in Natural Science, Biology and Physical Education from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. He holds a Master’s in Education from Peru State College. He will be assisted by Chris Rosenthal, biology/integrated science teacher.
Nicole Lenczowski ’06 has been named the head varsity basketball coach. The former assistant varsity basketball coach has been part of the Mercy basketball program for more than 20 years. She was first a spectator, watching her sister Kristin Lenczowski Roelfs ’03 play for Mercy. Lenczowski then played and is now a coach. She currently serves as a project manager at Union Pacific Railroad (UP).
She graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She will graduate from the University of Nebraska Omaha in December with a Master’s in Business Administration.
Susan Sloboth has been appointed as the tennis coach. She has been a tennis professional at Miracle Hill Golf & Tennis Center since 1995. She also served as an assistant tennis professional at Champions Run since 2012. Sloboth holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has done practicum teaching in both elementary and middle schools.
A member of the Nebraska Tennis Hall of Fame, she has been a presenter and speaker at the Nebraska Coaches Association Annual Conference and received the Outstanding Contributor to Youth Tennis USTA Distinguished Service Award in 2010.