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).
Potter Named FIESTA Emcee
Carrie Potter ’95, alumna and President of The Carrie Potter Group, LLC, in Houston, Texas, is the Master of Ceremonies for FIESTA 2020. Potter is an award-winning executive who provides business consulting and financial planning services to professional athletes and small businesses. Previously, she was Vice President at PMG Sports in Washington, D.C. She also serves as a Lecturer with the Rice University Department of Sport Management.
No stranger to the limelight, Potter is founder and President of Women in Sports & Events (WISE) Houston; President of Texas Executive Women; and served on the Houston Area Women’s Center Board of Directors for ten years, including five as Chair of Finance and two as Chair of the Board.
She was named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2019, a 2016 Woman on the Move by Texas Executive Women, a part of the Houston Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 class,and honored as a STEAM Role Model by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2018.
She earned two degrees in business, B.B.A.’99 and M.B.A.’01, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and serves on the Executive Committee of the School of Business Board of Advisors, chairing the Student Experience Committee. Carrie is a Senior Fellow from Class XXXIV of the American Leadership Forum and after participating in Class 34 of the Center for Houston’s Future, co-chaired its 2018 Leadership Campaign. She was named a 2016 Woman on the Move by Texas Executive Women, a part of the Houston Business Journal’s 2017 “40 Under 40” class, and honored as a STEAM Role Model by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2018.
Carrie was also valedictorian of her class at Mercy, the first female class president at The George Washington University, and a writing assistant for The Babe Book: Baseball’s Greatest Legend Remembered. Her three sisters, Katie Potter Peterson’99, Julie Potter Richt ’01, and Mary Jo Potter ’04, also attended Mercy.