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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). 



Mercy Adds Board Member

December 03, 2020
By Deb Daley

Kimberlyn Yolanda Oliver, Ed.D., ’98  was appointed by the Mercy Education System of the Americas to the Mercy High School Board of Trustees effective January 2021. Mercy is a sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy the Americas.   

Kimberlyn, a Mercy graduate, currently serves as Assistant Principal at Holy Name Catholic School and has been an educator for 13 years. The majority of her career has been as a classroom teacher, but she was also a Program Director and Grant Manager for Upward Bound and an Education Specialist for a local nonprofit.  She also served as an Admissions Counselor for two local colleges.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Criminal Justice emphasis from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix, and her second Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska.  In 2019, she earned her Ed.D. in Professional Leadership, Inquiry and Transformation from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon.  

Kim has been married to her husband Ray for eight years, and they are the proud parents of three boys, Malachi, Micah, and Matthias. Kim is actively involved in her church, Solid Rock Christian Center, and other professional and community groups which include the Diversity and Equity Committee of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Undoing Racism subcommittee; American Educational Research Association; American Federation of Teachers; and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  

“Being part of this ministry for Mercy allows me to be a strong advocate for education, for young women and their families, and for policies that impact students,” said Kimberlyn. 

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