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).
Physician, Attorney Finds Purpose
A physician, an attorney, but more importantly someone who wants to make a difference, Lynn Fullenkamp ’02 credits Mercy High School in helping to develop her as a person who wants to use her talents to help others.
“At Mercy you have the best of both worlds. The academics and the college preparatory curriculum are second to none. But there is also a focus on becoming a genuine, caring person with finely honed interpersonal skills,” she said.
Although her sister, Beth Fullenkamp Hix ’00 attended Mercy, Lynn's parents gave her the choice on which Catholic school she would attend. She shadowed at Mercy and fell in love with the school.
“There is a great sense of community there. You benefit from being exposed to all socio-economic levels of students from every neighborhood. Exposure to those different perspectives broke down barriers and gave you a fuller appreciation of the breadth and depth of society,” she said.
While at Mercy, Lynn was involved in Student Council all four years, was the director of the Mercy Day play her senior year and played volleyball, basketball and ran track. She also participated in the Debate Team her freshman and sophomore year and was a member of the National Honor Society.
“My favorite subject was math. I loved the logic behind it and the process of solving a problem and coming up with a solution at the end,” she said.
She attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO where she majored in math and minored in communications. After graduating in 2006, she headed to law school at Notre Dame University.
“The law was another discipline where there was a logic to an argument and an outcome. I wanted to be an advocate for the underserved and use my legal knowledge for their betterment,” she said.
In 2009, the new attorney joined the Legal Aid of Western Missouri and helped clients obtain access to state public benefits. During her tenure, she became intrigued with benefits and health care issues and decided working with individuals through the healthcare field was her next calling.
Lynn went to medical school at the University of Kansas, Kansas City, graduating in 2016. She completed her pediatric residency at Wake Forest, in Winston Salem, NC, in 2019 and took a job as Pediatric Chief Resident. She will complete this job in June and will return to Kansas City working as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
“I enjoy working with children. What I like is the ability to address an issue, use my skills, solve the problem, and gain closure. At the same time my legal background is an asset as I help patients and their families navigate a complex health system. Making a difference in their lives is very fulfilling to me,” she said.