Laurie M. Hamen, J.D., President
Laurie Hamen, J.D., 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 Ph.D. coursework in educational administration at the University of Minnesota and holds a Master of Science 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. 

Douglas V. Brock, CPA, Vice President for Finance

Doug Brock, CPA, joined Mount Mercy in September 2014. He brings 20 years of financial expertise to his role of Vice President for Finance. With a strong commitment to service and the nonprofit sector, Doug exhibits a true passion for Mercy values. He holds an MA in accounting from the University of Iowa.

Robert B. Callahan, Ph.D., Vice President for Administrative, Enrollment and Student Services
Robert Callahan

Robert Callahan, Ph.D. leads the division of administrative, enrollment and student services, providing vision and leadership for the departments of admissions, athletics, marketing & communications, student serrvices and financial aid. Serving Mount Mercy beginning in 2012, he has more than 20 years of higher education experience including more than 10 years as a senior level administrator from three higher education institutions in Maine, Ohio, and New York. Callahan previously served as vice president for enrollment management at Thomas College in Maine, where the institution saw three years of record breaking enrollment under his leadership. Callahan holds his Ph.D. from Northcentral University along with an M.B.A. and a Bachelor of Science in marketing management degree from Thomas College.

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

Brenda HaefnerBrenda joined Mount Mercy University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations 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 of Science in Business Administration as well as a certified fund raising executive credential.

Janet R. Handler, Ed.D., Provost
Jan HandlerDr. Handler 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 as associate provost. She was influential in leading the core curriculum advisory team, and serves on the Pathways to Scholarship Quality Improvement Initiative. Dr. Handler holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Education degree from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Bridgeport.

Sister Shari M. Sutherland '71, Vice President for Mission & Ministry
Sister Shari SutherlandSr. Shari Sutherland was appointed Vice President for Mission & Ministry in April 2015. Sr. Sutherland 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 into all aspects of campus life and ministry. She is the former vice president of the Cedar Rapids Sisters of Mercy, and has previously served as the executive director of the Catherine McAuley Center. Sr. Sutherland was previously appointed to the Board of Trustees.