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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). 



Kaleidoscope 2022

March 21, 2022
By Roz Parr '09

For our fourth installment of Kaleidoscope 2022, the freshmen learned about their Gallup Strengths; alumnae and businesswomen joined us for Career Day for our sophomores; the juniors continued their ACT prep; and the seniors learned all about financial literacy from Dundee Bank.

The freshmen talked about their strengths with Dawn Nizzi, Manager of Business, Development, Training and Outreach for Metropolitan Community College's Workforce Innovation Division. She helped them understand how to harness their strengths and better utilize them. 

For Career Day, Caitlin Feldmann, Business Career Advisor at Creighton's John P. Fahey Career Center, kickstarted the conversations by explaining the importance of career discernment. Then, the sophomores had the chance to talk with the following women about their careers:

Karin Campbell, Curator at the Joslyn Art Museum
Dafnis Delgado '13, Communications Coordinator
Kaylea Dunn '96, Senior Performance Consultant
Maureen Backa Falcon '85, Senior Communications Manager
Nicole Hahn Jesse '80, Co-Owner of La Casa Pizzaria
Diane Hope Kean '69, Nurse
Nicole Lenczowski '06, Engineer
Caity Wessling Milone '08, Psychiatrist
Emily Moody, Physical Therapist
Kelly Nystrom '85, Pharmacist
Kimberlyn Ware Oliver '98, Assistant Principal 
Leanne Prewitt '97, President and Chief Creative Officer of Ervin & Smith
Cynthia Russell '76, Dentist
Francie Riedmann Weis '81, Judge

The seniors had the chance to ask questions about finance with representatives from Dundee Bank. They talked about everything from how to best use a credit card to paying student loans.

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