Alumni Board

The Mount Mercy Alumni Board is organized to promote the welfare and continued development of Mount Mercy, by perpetuating the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, maintaining a spirit of fellowship and genuine regard among its members, instilling a sense of responsibility for the continued success of the college.

The full Alumni Board meets twice per year. Members are elected to three-year terms and serve on one of four committees: admission, career development, development or social activities.

Interested in serving on the Alumni Board?

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Alumni Board Members


Peg Bruns Detweiler '92
Accountant Auditor
Wertz & Dake, PC
Marion, IA

I was a non-traditional student, so my alumni years have been my active years at MMU! The board is just one more way to be involved with all the great people who attended and those currently attending. I really enjoy being on campus for the many events and helping when I can to make MMU even better.


Kathy Ebel Harriott '87
Manager Customer Satisfaction
Alliant Energy
Cedar Rapids, IA



Mary Daehn Shaull '86
Supervisor, Premium Services Department
Modern Woodmen of America
Rock Island, IL


My position on the Alumni Board allows me to give back to Mount Mercy in ways other than just financial donations. I am able to stay connected to the campus, the administration, staff, professors, students, and my fellow alums through volunteer opportunities and various gatherings throughout the year. I am so very grateful for every chance I get to be back on campus and engage with the MMU community!


Tony Dickinson '02
Vice President, Marketing Manager: Great Plains
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Des Moines, IA

I choose to be on the Alumni Board because I find it is the best way to stay connected to Mount Mercy. Board meetings provide opportunities to be back on campus, hear from President Hamen, and meet with current students. Our board works together to make Mount Mercy a better place, and we have a great time together!

2017–18 MEMBERS

Travis Albertson '10
Commodities Specialist
Van Meter Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA

The MMU Alumni Board is a way for me to give back to my school in a unique way. I'm able to hear, firsthand, about upcoming objectives and projects at the school and then provide my input, time, and talents to help bring them to fruition. It also keeps me engaged with fellow alums and students alike.

Ryan Bosch '01
Divisional Vice President — American Division
Bosch Financial, Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Mercy gave so much to me during my time on the Hill that I wanted to give back! Being a member of the Alumni Board is a great way to do that. Plus, I get to network, meet new people, and hear their Mount Mercy story. This campus is changing daily, and it’s great to come back and embrace the growth and vision of Mount Mercy University.

Patty Barnes '79 '11
Manager, Financial Reporting
Unity Point Health - St. Luke's Hospital
Cedar Rapids, IA

I appreciate the excellent education, career opportunities, and relationships that I developed while earning my degrees from Mount Mercy. By serving on the Alumni Board, I can observe how that quality is continuing for future generations. Through the Alumni Board, many volunteer opportunities are available. I can get back on campus and work with current/future students to ensure they have the same “service to community” based education that I was able to receive. In addition, serving on the board gives me confidence when I am hiring a Mount Mercy graduate, knowing they have been through a top notch program. Not only did I walk in their shoes, but I have observed at board meetings how the path has changed.

Brooke Murphy Fitzgerald '03
Owner, Top Chickadee
The Early Bird Coffee Cafe
Cedar Rapids, IA

I want to be plugged into a place that helped me to become a successful person within Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy is a special place, and I am honored to be a part of the Hill for future members of our community!

April Hageman '08
Marketing Manager
Altorfer, Inc.
Hiawatha, IA

I choose to be on the Mount Mercy Alumni Board because it allows me to stay connected and give back to the campus community that gave so much to me. Mount Mercy provided me with a superior college experience, and I love hearing what today's students are doing to carry on past traditions. Being on the Alumni Board provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with staff and students to keep Mount Mercy as a vibrant part of the Cedar Rapids community and beyond.

Mark Hennessey '88
Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition
Iowa City, IA

I was a non-traditional student at MMU, and being on the board allows me the opportunity to participate in ways I couldn’t when I was a student—and give back to the university.

Mark Huber '88
Director - Distributor Development
Kellogg Specialty Channels
Elmhurst, IL
Karen Woodhouse Jahlas '84
Vice President, Mortgage Originator
Bankers Trust Company
Cedar Rapids, IA

I feel honored to represent Mount Mercy as an Alumni Board member, because I am proud of my alma mater and feel Mount Mercy is a valuable part of our Cedar Rapids community. I support Mount Mercy by attending sporting events, as well as with gifts and personal talents.

Katie Kielkucki '06
Staff Registered Nurse
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Mount Mercy changed my life in so many positive ways, and becoming a member of the Alumni Board is just a small way that I could give back. I want to help ensure that Mount Mercy continues to thrive for future generations to experience.



Marcel Kielkucki '02
Director, High School Completion Programs
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA

I choose to be on the board to stay engaged with Mount Mercy. I enjoy being able to connect with students and to help my alma mater.

Sara Kendall '90
Registered Nurse, Supervisor Assistant
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Iowa City, IA

I joined the Alumni Board because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of MMU students and alumni. I really enjoyed my three years at Mount Mercy as a transfer student. I have continued to have friendships and relationships through the Alumni Board and being involved with events and programs too.

Tammy Clemenson Koolbeck '86
Iowa State Center
Ames, IA

Mount Mercy gave me so much during my time on the mount as a college student. Being on the Alumni Board has given me several opportunities over the years to serve the University by working with students, faculty, and staff.  Keeping up to date on campus projects and happenings also gives me a chance to brag and promote Mount Mercy!

Kellie Lala '89
Senior Account Manager
KZIA/Z102.9, KGYM/ESPN and ROB FM Radio
Cedar Rapids, IA

I had a wonderful experience as a non-traditional student at MMU.  I enjoy serving on the board and sharing the Mount Mercy story to clients, colleagues, and prospective students.  The diverse backgrounds and experience of the alumni board members offers insight to me, both personally and professionally.

Susan O'Conner-Von '76
Associate Professor of Nursing
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN

Tricia Hoffman-Simanek '98
Attorney and Senior Vice-President
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.
Cedar Rapids, IAb

When I first returned to Cedar Rapids after law school, I felt a strong desire to give back to the college that gave me so much. In this role, I value the opportunity to stay connected to MMU in a meaningful way, learn from and connect with other fellow alums, and lend my experiences and ideas to help the University continue to grow and succeed.

Nick Timm '14
Financial Consultant
AXA Advisors, LLC
Iowa City, IA

Mount Mercy has a great story, and I love to continue to help share it. Not only the education, which was amazing, but the relationships and community outreach that I have had the chance to be part of through Mount Mercy have been wonderful. I love to come back to campus and continue to be around such a great community.

Jenny Valliere '13
Afternoon Drive Air Personality
Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Mercy helped me get the education I needed to obtain the job I love now. I couldn't think of a better way to give back to my alma mater, than to be a part of the Alumni Board. I hope to encourage fellow alumni to give back and be forever connected with Mount Mercy.