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New Officers on MMA's Board of Trustees

Mount Mercy Academy announces new officers of the Board of Trustees. Douglas F. Lum will serve as Chair, Kathleen Mehltretter will serve as Vice President and Catherine M. Gogan will serve as Treasurer.

Douglas F. Lum is a retired Vice President of Finance for a local manufacturer where he was employed for 20 years. He previously held senior level financial positions with various western New York corporations. His two daughters are graduates of Mount Mercy Academy. Mr. Lum has been involved with various local charitable organizations and is serving in his sixth year as a Mt. Mercy Academy Board member. Prior to his election as Board Chair, he was Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.  

Kathleen Mehltretter is a retired United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, where she served for thirty years in various positions.  She is a 1972 graduate of Mount Mercy Academy and her two daughters are also graduates of Mount Mercy.  Mrs. Mehltretter joined the Board in 2011. She is a resident of Orchard Park and a member of St. Gabriel's Parish in Elma.

Catherine M. Gogan, DDS is a general dentist and partner at The Dental Group in Orchard Park, NY.  Previously the Chief of Dentistry at the Erie County Medical Center - Department of Dentistry, the Director of Dentistry for the Erie County Department of Health, and Clinical Associate Professor of Oral Diagnostic Sciences at the UB School of Dental Medicine, she is a graduate of the University at Buffalo (B.A., 1981, D.D.S., 1985, M.S., 1995), and is an alumna of Mt. Mercy Academy.  Cathy has been active in the alumni associations of both Mount Mercy and UB Dental Medicine.  She is also active in national organizations which focus on special needs dental patients and in the diagnosis of oral conditions. She is a member of Queen of Heaven parish in West Seneca.

 The complete list for the Mount Mercy Academy Board of Trustees includes the following members: 

Chair Douglas F. Lum
Vice Chair Kathleen Kaczmarek Mehltretter '72
Secretary Anita Durkin Crotty '63
Treasurer Catherine Gogan, DDS '77
Margaret Fink Connors '66
Sr. Jacqueline DeMars, RSM
Jean Kovach
Anthony Kubera
Michael LaFever, Ed.D
Daniel Marren
Sr. Cristel Mejia, RSM
Juliann Cleary Peters '60
Emily Smaldino '04
Margaret Cuthbert Staszak '75
Sr. Mary Ellen Twist, RSM '60
John A. Vecchio
Richard Wilson

"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."

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Class of 2022

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