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.

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Alumni Board Members

Peg Bruns Detweiler '92

PRESIDENT

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.

VICE PRESIDENT

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

 
Mary Daehn Shaull '86

SECRETARY

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

PAST PRESIDENT

Tony Dickinson '02
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
NCMIC Group, Inc. 
Ankeny, 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

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
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.

April Hageman '08
April Hageman '08
Account Supervisor
Two Rivers Marketing
Madrid, 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.

Karen Woodhouse Jahlas '84
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

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

Marcel Kielkucki '02
Principal of Beckman Catholic High School
Dyersville, 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
Tammy Clemenson Koolbeck '86
ExecutiveDirector
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!

 

 

Joan Kress McFarland '92,'16 MSN
Registered Nurse

I volunteered to be on the MMU Alumni Board for two reaons: to be an example for others, and to give back to the community that gave me so much more than an education. 

 

Kellie Lala '89
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.

 

Ron Maxa Jr. '06,'11 MBA
Assistant Vice President & BSA/Operations Officer
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Cedar Rapids, IA


 

Susan O'Conner-Von '76
Susan O'Conner-Von '76
Associate Professor of Nursing
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN
 
Tricia Hoffman-Simanek '98

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.

 

Lisa Lindmeier Roughley '90
Roughley Speaking Public Relations
Principal/Owner
Victoria BC

 


 

 Andy Small '79

Andy Small '79
Retired Professor
Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, IL 

 I attended Mount Mercy University from 1977 to 1979.  My major in Biology and minor in Chemistry gave me a solid foundation for my varied career path.  I spent 10 years in food production companies (Nabisco Brands and Frito Lay) starting in the quality control lab and working my way up through various management positions.  In 1989, I joined Northern Illinois University as the Laboratory Manger for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and recently retired in February of 2018.  Retirement has given me the time to give back to the university that prepared me for my professional life’s work.  It has been a pleasure to return back to my foundation with my work on the Alumni Board.


 

 Janet Teahen '17

Janet Teahen '17
Sr. Commodity Manager
Rockwell Collins
Cedar Rapids, IA

 I chose to serve on the MMU Alumni Board to give back to the incredible institution that gave so much to me. MMU holds all of the fundamentals that I have grown up with and believe it; faith, helping others, and the continued drive for world peace and acceptance of diversity. 


 

Nick Timm '14

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

Jenny Valliere '13
Afternoon Drive Air Personality
KZIA
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.