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).
Meet Our New Teachers
Our new Spanish II and Honors Spanish III teacher is Ms. Sophia Dongilli. After obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University, Sophia taught for two years there. She then taught for a year International Language Center in Peru and five years at Skutt Catholic before coming to Mercy. Sophia is an avid reader, traveler, and music lover. She also loves spending time with her husband and her weenie dog, Alberto. “I am most excited to meet the wonderful Mercy Monarch ladies and to be a part of a community that fosters language learning and multiculturalism!”
Tom Tvrdy will be teaching Economics and U.S. History this year. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Tom taught at Seward High School in Seward, Nebraska, for the past 20 years where he was the head girls basketball coach. During his tenure at Seward, they won 104 straight games and had undefeated state championship teams from 2009-2012. Tom is very excited to be joining the Mercy community: “The thing that most excites me is the opportunity to build great relationships with the students and staff at Mercy. I love meeting new people.”
Megan McCuen Witt
Megan McCuen Witt will be teaching English 11, AP Literature, and AP Language & Composition at Mercy this school year. Originally from Michigan, Megan previously worked at Roncalli Catholic before coming to Mercy. She graduated from Notre Dame then completed her master’s degree at Creighton University. She is also the proud owner of Philip, her corgi. “I’m so excited to learn about all the Mercy traditions and meet all my new students!” Megan said.
Join us in welcoming these new teachers to Mercy!