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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 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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