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Mercy Welcomes Four New Members to the Board of Trustees

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Mount Mercy Academy (MMA) welcomes four Western New York executives and community leaders to its Board of Trustees. Michael C. LaFever Ed.D., Juliann Cleary Peters '60, Richard E. Wilson and Sister Mary Anne Weldon RSM/LCSW.

Michael C. LaFever Ed.D. | Dean of Program Development & Enrollment Management at Trocaire College
Michael LaFever, of Amherst, serves as Trocaire College's Dean of Program Development & Enrollment Management. He is Mount Mercy Academy's liason with Trocaire - helping to develop articulation agreements between the schools and serving on the Academy of Science & Healthcare Advisory Board.

Juliann Cleary Peters '60 | Retired Educator
Juliann Cleary Peters, of Orchard Park, was an educator at Nardin Academy, Lackawanna Public Schools, and 20 years as the Junior High Language Arts coordinator at Nativity of Our Lord School in Orchard Park, only to leave the profession to move to Shanghai, China. While working at Nativity, she guided over 900 students on their high school selections, with over 90% of the students choosing Catholic high schools.

Richard E. Wilson | Manager of Substation Construction Transmission
Rick Wilson, of Orchard Park, currently serves in management at National Grid Power Corporation. He is active member of the Mercy community, participating in the annual McAuley Gala as both a Chair and a member of the Steering Committee and volunteering at most MMA events. His wife Rosanne '75 and three daughters Lauren '02, Merrissa '04, and Brianna '08 are all Mount Mercy Academy Alumnae.

Sister Mary Anne Weldon RSM/LCSW | Instructor in Formation Program of Permanent Diaconate

Sister Mary Anne Weldon, of Lackawanna, is a Sister of Mercy who has dedicated her ministry to education. She serves as the Instructor in Formation Program of Permanent Diaconate at the Diocese of Buffalo. She also serves on the Professional Advisory Board for Clinical Pastoral Education, the Food Bank of WNY Advisory Board, Catholic Health East Board - Mission and Ministry Committee, Long Term Care and PACE Program Board, the Diocese of Buffalo Mission Integration Committee and the Mercy Hospital Board.

The current members of the Mount Mercy Academy Board of Trustees: Ann Muldoon Galli '76, Anita Durkin Crotty '63, Sister Jacqueline DeMars, Catherine Gogan '77, John Herman, Jean Kovach, Anthony Kubera, Douglas Lum, Kathleen Kaczmarek Mehltretter '72, Joanne Schwartzott '54, Arup Sen Ph.D., Donald Ware, Principal Margaret Cuthbert Staszak '75 and President Sister Mary Ellen Twist '60.


"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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