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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Paul Erickson
Paul Erickson*
Board Chair

Bankers Trust Company

Emily McAllister, JD*
Vice Chair
Attorney, Shareholder
Duncan Green, P.C.

Joyce Lillis
Joyce Lillis, MSN, RN*
Board Secretary
Retired Nursing Professional

Thomas Reitinger
Thomas Reitinger*
Thomas R. Reitinger & Associates, LLC

Mary Sheldahl
Mary Sheldahl*
Immediate Past Chair
Retired Business Owner

Karl Keeler
Karl Keeler*
ex officio

Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines

Joe Benesh
CEO & President
The Ingenuity Company

Kari Boyens
Director of Business Development
IMEG Corp.

Linda Carter-Lewis
Linda Carter-Lewis
Community Advocate

Tom Clancy, MBA, PhD, RN, FAAN
Clinical Professor Ad Honorem
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

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

Stephen Eckstat
Stephen Eckstat, DO, FAAFP

Sister LuAnn Hannasch, RN, BSN, MSN, RSM
Sister Life Minister
Institute of the Sisters of Mercy


Most Reverend William M. Joensen, PhD
Catholic Diocese of Des Moines

Mark Scheve
Regional Vice President
Continental Western Group


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