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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Emily McAllister, JD*
Board Chair

Joyce Lillis
Joyce Lillis, RN, MSN*
Board Vice Chair
Retired Director
Mercy Home Care
Paul Erickson
Paul Erickson*
Board Secretary and Treasurer

Bankers Trust Company
Linda Carter-Lewis
Linda Carter-Lewis*
Retired Human Resources Manager


Tom Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN*

Retired Professional

Heather Campbell
Heather Campbell, JD, BSN*
ex officio

Chief Legal Officer

Dr. Adreain Henry
Adreain Henry, OD, EdD, MBA*
ex officio
Mercy College of Health Sciences

Joe Benesh, MBA
CEO & President
The Ingenuity Company

Kari Boyens, AS
Director, Business Development
IMEG Corp.

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

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

Mark Miller, CMA, CCIM, CPM

Retired Professional

Angela Mortoza, RN, BSN, MHA, CRHP

Dallas County Hospital

Mark Scheve, BA
Vice President, Applied Technology Sales
HSM - Munich RE

Matthew Willkom, MTS, BA, AAS
Executive Director
Iowa Catholic Radio Network


*Denotes Executive Committee Member

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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master's degreesbachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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Mercy College is a Catholic, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher learning.