Laurie Hamen, J.D., President

Laurie M. Hamen, JD
President

President Hamen joined Mount Mercy University in February 2014. She was previously vice president for enrollment management, athletics, and student affairs at North Central College where she served for eighteen years. Hamen holds a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She has completed PhD coursework in educational administration at the University of Minnesota and holds a master's degree from Winona State University. Committed to the value of a Catholic, liberal-arts education, Hamen also holds an undergraduate degree from University of St. Catherine in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Sister Linda Bechen '74
Vice President for Mission & Ministry

Sr. Linda Bechen was appointed vice president for mission and ministry in January 2018. She supervises the Office of Campus Ministry, collaborates with faculty and staff to foster the institution’s mission and identity, and works to infuse and integrate the vision of the founding Sisters of Mercy into all aspects of campus life and ministry. Prior to MMU, Sr. Linda ministered as the parish life coordinator at St. Patrick in Anamosa, Iowa, and the North Linn Catholic Cluster (St. Stephen, Central City, Iowa; St. John, Coggon, Iowa; and St. Joseph, Prairieburg, Iowa). She has also ministered in several Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa parishes as a pastoral associate and educator.


Terri Snyders Crumley, DMA
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions

Terri oversees Mount Mercy’s undergraduate admission team, international admissions, and co-curricular music programs. She has a diverse higher education background including admissions, teaching, development, and research administration. Prior to joining MMU in 2013, she served at UW–Stevens Point, Central College, the University of Iowa, and the Juilliard School. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central College and master's and doctorate in music from the University of Iowa.


Shea Francis
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Shea currently oversees Mount Mercy’s business office, financial aid, IT, HR, and operations teams. She joined Mount Mercy in 2016 as controller, bringing over 25 years of financial experience in the education space—most recently at Xavier High School and Coe College. A certified public accountant, Shea has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from the University of Iowa.


Jessica Gortner, MBA
Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Jessica leads Mount Mercy’s Office of Marketing & Communications—responsible for planning, initiating, and implementing overall marketing, brand management, public relations, and communications for the University. She has more than 15 years of experience, including working in marketing agencies and as a marketing consultant. Prior to Mount Mercy, she spent 10 years in the University of Illinois System. Jessica holds undergraduate degrees in marketing and management from Illinois State University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Brenda HaefnerBrenda K. Haefner '96, CFRE
Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations

Brenda joined Mount Mercy in April 2015. She serves as the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Brenda is a 1996 graduate of Mount Mercy and has a bachelor's in business administration as well as a certified fund raising executive credential.


Jan HandlerJanet R. Handler, PhD
Provost

Jan has been with Mount Mercy since 1987 when she began as associate professor of education. She held the first Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence in 2002–2004 and has served in a leadership role in the Office of Academic Affairs since 2007. She was influential in leading the core curriculum advisory team, and serves on the Pathways to Scholarship Quality Improvement Initiative. Jan holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a master's of education degree from Rutgers University, and a bachelor's from the University of Bridgeport.


Nate Klein '07, EdD
Interim Dean of Students

Nate leads Mount Mercy's Student Services team and serves as an assistant professor of business and Enactus team advisor. Prior to MMU, he spent seven years with Aflac and also has experience in various industries, including Best Buy, Junior Achievement, the Arc of East Central Iowa, and General Mills in Cedar Rapids. Nate is a 2007 MMU graduate and received his MBA from Emory University and EdD from Creighton University.