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Mercy Welcomes Two New Faculty


Jim Mayberger is our new business and technology teacher.  He comes to us from OPS where he was a curriculum specialist.

He managed the Business Marketing and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Skilled and Technical Science, and Robotics departments.

“I am excited to teach in a faith-based school. I really enjoy being in the classroom and I look forward to being part of the Mercy community.”




Jenna Saraka joins our math department.  She comes to us from Omaha Central, where she taught for five years.  

“I am most excited about joining a staff and community that offers strong educational opportunities and many extracurricular activities for students that are centered around faith. 

I am also excited to work with students who are eager to learn in and out of the classroom!”

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). 



A Reflection from Sr. Delores

March 16, 2020
By Sr. Delores Hannon

Dear Friends of Mercy,

This Sunday morning, I am praying for all of you. We are all experiencing a week of rapid changes, a roller coaster market, concerns for health, for …. we don’t know what. Please remember that you are the people (depending on your age) who have lived through Y2K, the tragedy of September 11, the floods of 2019, and personal tragedies; we will be the people who LIVE through “the virus”.  It is okay to be uneasy. You’re being in touch with reality.

Here are a few tips I am using to LIVE through these days:

Pray: Every day I start with the Catherine McAuley’s Suscipe. I do find myself focusing on the line “take from my heart all painful anxiety.” It helps me to remember our God is with us, and it helps me create the space to quiet myself and be centered on our loving God. Find that prayer time and space for yourself please.

Find beauty or something that makes you smile: Take a moment to find beauty in the day. It may be the smile of another person, artwork, or a piece of music. You know where you find beauty.  Also, find that something that makes you smile or laugh. Around my house we have a dachshund. When he comes galloping into a room I have to smile, actually I laugh. 

Others: You have the power to make other people's lives better right now. We can reach out to people who are shut in—drop a note, call or, in this day and age, Facetime them. Or do something radical like thank the clerk in the grocery store. It is worth the look of surprise on their face. You know what you good you can do.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this note. You are important to me. Please remember take care of yourself, remember all those you love and who love you, be adaptable and pray all of us. 

Affectionately yours,

Sr. Dee