Board of Directors



The Board of Directors at Mercy College of Health Sciences is guided by its mission, vision, and values rooted in the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy. The Board serves as the governing body of Mercy College and is committed, at a strategic level, to its fiduciary responsibilities of educational quality, fiscal integrity, and assuring the effectiveness of the College and its various constituencies. In shaping the College’s strategies and policies, the Board engages in a culture of accountability, transparency, and the highest ethical standards.

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Mary Sheldahl
Mary Sheldahl*
Board Chair

Retired Business Owner

Paul Erickson
Paul Erickson*
Vice Chair

Bankers Trust Company

Emily McAllister, JD
Board Secretary
Attorney, Shareholder
Duncan Green, P.C.

Douglas Fiore
Doug Fiore, PhD*
ex officio

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Karl Keeler
Karl Keeler*
ex officio

Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines

Thomas Reitinger
Thomas Reitinger*
Board Treasurer

Thomas R. Reitinger & Associates, LLC

Michael Bohl
Michael Bohl
Chief Operations Officer
Radiology Group, PC, SC

Elisabeth Buck
Elisabeth Buck
United Way Central Iowa

Linda Carter-Lewis
Linda Carter-Lewis
Community Advocate

Tom Clancy, PhD
Interim Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Mercy Iowa City

Stephen Eckstat
Stephen Eckstat, DO, FAAFP

Joyce Lillis
Joyce Lillis, MSN, RN
Retired Nursing Professional

Sr. Maurita Soukup

Sr. Maurita Soukup, RSM, PhD, RN
Nurse Researcher
Member of the West Midwest Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Julie A. DeLoia, PhD
Chief Academic Officer
Dignity Health Global Education


Joe Benesh
CEO & President
The Ingenuity Company

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

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