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EDDIE BRATKO joined the Mount Mercy Academy Board in 2015.  He is the President of Mercy Hospital.  He previously served as the chief operating officer since 2015 and joined Mercy Hospital in 2010 as director of finance.  He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Financial Economics and an Advanced Certificate in International Economics from SUNY University at Buffalo.  He completed a leadership program from the University of New Hampshire and an internship at Yale University School of Medicine.  He is the father of three daughters and lives in Orchard Park. 

 

SR. MARILYN BREWER, RSM has been in the education field since 1965. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1963 and taught grades 1-8 in various elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo. She has served as principal for St. John the Evangelist School, Our Lady of Mercy School, and Annunciation School in Elma. In 1998, she began teaching Theology to freshmen and sophomores at Immaculata High School for 13 years until retirement in 2013. Presently she is the chair of Mercy Associates in Buffalo, Erie, Pittsburgh, and Rochester Dioceses.

 

KARA RENNIE CALDIERO ’07 earned her BSBA from Duquesne University with a dual major in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Returning to Buffalo in 2011, she began her career with her family’s company, WNY Imaging Systems.  Starting as an account executive, she has since transitioned to the role of major account manager.  She and her husband Drew live in South Buffalo with son Brooks and dog Patch.

 

MICHAEL DeLELLIS is the retired Director of Operations at Health Research Inc., Roswell Park division. (Not-forprofit corporation which administers research grants, contracts and Roswell Park’s technology transfer program).  His daughter Kimberly graduated in 1994. Mike has served as chair of the first Catherine McAuley Gala in 1994 and chair of the athletic department fundraiser in 1993.  Presently, he serves as “Voice of the Magic” for Mount Mercy basketball since 1991, chairs the Mount Mercy Athletic Department Committee, and is a member of the Board of Trustees’ Institutional Advancement/Marketing committee.

 

AMELIA GREENAN ’14 served as a school ambassador, class president and student government Meet the Board of Trustees www.mtmercy.org 21 president her senior year. She graduated from Canisius College while serving as president of the Undergraduate Student Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees, Board of Regents and Alumni Board of Directors.  Amelia is currently Chief of Staff to the West Seneca Town Supervisor and a Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Prior to that, she served as Director of Special Projects & Communications for Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and as secretary to the Ethics Board for the Town of West Seneca.  She previously spent three years as a NYS Assembly aide to Kearns.  She has been active in the pro-life movement having spearheaded a “Pregnant on Campus Initiative” at Canisius. Amelia also speaks to young people at local parishes about the pro-life perspective.

 

JANE MICHALEK HARRINGTON ’92 is a practicing attorney with an office in West Seneca, NY. Her daughters, Olivia ’18 and Grace ’20 are both recent graduates of Mount Mercy.  Her son, Ryan, is currently a junior at St. Francis High School. Jane graduated from Canisius College in 1995 and SUNY University at Buffalo School of Law in 1998.  In addition to being an active Mount Mercy alumna, Jane is also a trustee for Our Lady of Victory Basilica and serves on its parish council, finance council, and school board. 

 

MARY CLARE KEENAN ’79 After graduating from St. Bonaventure University Mary Clare taught high school English for several years before becoming one of the newly created professions, that of paralegal.  In addition to being a paralegal she also managed the law firm of Heimerl, Keenan & Longo, later to become The Keenan Law Firm and Laufer Keenan, PLLC. Mary Clare is a licensed New York State Title Insurance Agent and until retirement was president of Homeworth Settlement Services, Inc. 

 

EILEEN LEARY ’73 is a graduate of St. Martin’s school (now known as Notre Dame Academy).  With an AAS from Trocaire College in Radiologic Technology and a BS in Business Management from SUNY University at Buffalo, she has worked 41 years in healthcare. Retired in 2016 as chief operating officer of Buffalo Medical Group, she continues to consult in healthcare.  She has run numerous half marathons and the Dublin Marathon and, in retirement, enjoys travel, golf, pickleball, gardening and keeping up with family and friends. 

 

KATHLEEN LINHARDT ’88, has been on the Board of Trustees since 2016, serving as the board chair since 2017.  She is a lifelong resident of the area, currently living in South Buffalo.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in German from St. Bonaventure University and her Juris Doctor from SUNY University at Buffalo School of Law in 1995. Kathleen is in-house counsel with Ellicott Development Company, where she currently holds the position of vice president/administrative counsel.  She is a founding board member and current board secretary of South Buffalo Charter School, serving since 2000.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Real Property Committee of the Erie County Bar Association.

 

MICHELE SIXT MELLIGAN ’92 became Mount Mercy Academy’s 16th Principal in summer 2020, becoming Head of School later that year. Michele holds a master’s degree in Education and an Advanced Leadership Certificate, both from Canisius College. She has over 20 years’ experience as a school counselor in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district and is the former executive director of Empower Girls Buffalo. Michele is a native of South Buffalo, where she currently resides with her husband and three girls, one of whom currently attends and two who are future Mercy girls!

 

SR. MARIAN MULLEN, RSM believes, as Catherine McAuley did, that “Education makes possible a life of dignity and self-worth.”  Sister Marian has spent much of her educational ministry at Trocaire College where she has served in various roles in the Student Affairs Division. In her current position as coordinator of the Global Achievements Program she welcomes students who were born beyond the continental USA.  Sister Marian previously served on the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy and on the boards of Gerard Place and CHS Long Term Care. She is a current board member of NativityMiguel Middle School.  Sister Marian is eager to share the good news of Mount Mercy Academy and its achievements with the broad WNY community.

 

SUZANNE FOX OVERDORF ’60 graduated from the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY and has devoted her career to teaching WNY junior high & high school students.  She is the founder and director of the Mount Mercy Leadership Academy, a “school within the school” that focuses on building leadership skills in selected students.  She is married to her high school sweetheart, Ted Overdorf, and is the mother of eight children.  Her four daughters are proud Mercy graduates!

 

THOMAS SELLERS is Vice President of Charles J. Sellers & Co., Inc., an Insurance Agency/ Broker/Third Party Administrator located in Hamburg, N.Y. and celebrating 100 years in business. Tom is proud to be the father of four Mercy graduates. He is a graduate of Canisius College and  SUNY University at Buffalo School of Law.  

 

BRIANNA WILSON '08  graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. She has over ten years of experience as a Human Resource Professional, currently working at Evans Bank as an Assistant Vice President, Employee Experience Business Partner where she helps to assist teams in the development and facilitation of associate learning and development opportunities, talent strategy, performance management, succession planning as well as providing insight on organizational and change management techniques. In her time at Evans, Brianna acts as a member of the DEI Steering Committee alongside members of Evans Executive team. In addition to her professional career, Brianna holds the Professional in Human Resource (PHR) certification. She previously served on Mount Mercy’s Alumni Board since 2015 and is a soccer coach for the
Hamburg Monarchs U8 soccer team.

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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