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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). 



High Schools Share Prayers 

March 25, 2020
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School’s community prayer, a reflection that is included in morning announcements distributed to students, faculty and staff, is a collaboration between the Catholic high schools in Omaha.  It was organized by the high school campus ministers. Each school has taken turns having a student or other member of their community record a video of themselves reading or sharing a prayer.  The campus ministers uses a Google document to organize their efforts and attach the links. These shared assets are then available to all schools to use in morning announcements. 

“I think it is a great idea, and I am proud of our Omaha Catholic school community for demonstrating the collegiality that is so needed right now in our world,” said Kristi Walters Wessling ’88, principal. 

There is a sample of this effort in the following link.


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