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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). 



Lawyer Makes an Impact

July 12, 2019
By Deb Daley

Although she only went to Mercy High School for two years, that time had a profound effect on Adina Johnson ’74. The now Principal at Roberts Perryman, P.C., St. Louis, Missouri, treasures her experience at Mercy and recalls how self-affirming the community.

"I enrolled in Mercy my junior year as our family had moved from New Mexico.  The transition in the middle of your high school years could have been rough, but Mercy welcomed me with open arms.  I never felt like an outsider,” she said. 
While she was at Mercy she was involved in theatre, Student Council and participated in short-hand competitions.

After graduation, she attended the University of Missouri majoring in English and earning her Secondary Education certification.  Adina taught for 10 years.  She chose teaching because through her Catholic education she learned the importance of doing what you can to make a difference.  That same inspiration led her to a degree in law.

“When I decided to change careers, I wanted a profession again where I could make a difference. Through the law I believed there were many ways I could make a difference,” she said.

Adina went to school at night and earned her law degree from St. Louis University in 1998.  She worked at various firms but joined Roberts Perryman, P.C. 15 years ago.  In her current position she litigates cases where professionals get sued and also is involved in family law.

She travels for work and is a participates in the city’s Women’s Lawyer Group.  

“One of my favorite activities is the annual Christmas program for children in foster care or who have parents in prison that is sponsored by the Bar Association of St. Louis." 

She still has good friends from her days at Mercy although she rarely gets back for alumnae events.  Adina keeps in touch through updates from her class group and enjoys receiving information from the school.

“I feel the all-girls environment at Mercy was very beneficial.  There was no judgment, no competition.  You got to be who you are, which was very self-affirming.  And the Catholic education focused less on dogma and more on how you could impact the world,” she said.

Aida Johnson ’74, is doing that every day.

Have ideas for other alumnae features, contact Deborah Daley, Communications and Marketing Director,

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