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Mary Pat Sullivan-Nichols '84



This week’s honoree for “Where is She Wednesday” is Mary Pat Sullivan-Nichols '84! Mary Pat Sullivan-Nichols

“I graduated from Mount Mercy in 1984 and often find myself reminiscing on my time at the Mount. I grew up in Hamburg and even though many of my childhood friends went to either Immaculata or Frontier High School, I remember kind of "always knowing" I would attend Mt. Mercy. My mother, Carol Ann Tedder-Gleason '61, and my sister, Coleen Sullivan-Lacina '81, attended Mercy along with my daughter, Shannon Nichols '15.

I earned my Bachelors and Master's degrees from SUNY Buffalo State in Secondary General Science and Earth Science. I also am an adjunct professor with Syracuse University and, along with Earth Science, teach SUPA Forensics to high school seniors who earn college credit through SU. I was fortunate to begin teaching at Clarence High School shortly after graduation and have been at Clarence HS for the past 27 years.

Besides "always knowing" I would attend Mount Mercy, I also "always knew" that I would be an educator. Every day, I am in awe of the passion and dedication of my colleagues and students especially during these trying times. The field of education has allowed me to continue to learn and grow every day. I often find myself working with students who are struggling academically and emotionally and being a part of their success is unbelievably fulfilling and I am continually amazed with their continued perseverance through their struggles.

I truly believe I am the person I am today due to so many influences, parents, brothers Paul and Art, sisters Coleen and Maureen and it goes without saying my husband, Joe and children Shannon and Timothy but I would be remiss to not include Mount Mercy. Mercy afforded me many opportunities to be successful and grounded in my faith and desire to help others. Those experiences encouraged my chosen career path and assisted me in being the best version of myself both personally and professionally. It has also provided me with the desire to serve my community. I serve on the boards of Na Fianna CLG and Buffalo Fenians Youth. Both organizations promote Irish culture, heritage and Gaelic sports to our local youth and young men and women.

Mount Mercy is an invaluable educational institution for young women in our community and I am proud to say I am a Mercy graduate. Mercy strives to provide young women positive role models and encourages them to aim high while providing the resources to achieve those goals.”

Olivia Balys ‘16




This week’s honoree for “Where is She Wednesday” is Olivia Balys ‘16!  At Mercy, Olivia was a Student Ambassador, member of National Honor Society and Yearbook Club, and played soccer, softball, and basketball.

After graduation from Mount Mercy Academy, Olivia attended Saint Bonaventure University where she graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor’s in Strategic Communications and Digital Media with a minor in Marketing. Now, she is going for her Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications through Saint Bonaventure University as well. Olivia is also working full time for Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns.

Recently, Olivia decided to start a side business called “Queen City Creations” to make Buffalo inspired sweatshirts. “I love sweatshirts, when im not in work attire you can most likely find me in a comfy oversized sweatshirt. I decided to start making the sweatshirts because I have always had creative ideas and inspirations that I never really brought to life and this has been a way for me to express that side of me and share my love of comfy sweatshirts with everyone while representing the city that I love the most.” Olivia credits this drive and passion to start her side business to her roots at Mercy. “Mercy has shaped me to be the independent woman that I am today; to feel comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone to try new things and providing me with the skills and tools I need to be successful in many areas of my life.”

Olivia chose Mercy because being a Mercy girl has been a long traditional in her family. With her grandmother, aunts, cousins, and sister all attending Mt Mercy before her, it only seemed right that she carried on the tradition. “My Mercy experience is something that I am grateful for everyday, not only for the education that I received but the life long friends that I met along the way. My days at Mercy, especially the time I spent as a member of the varsity basketball team, are days I will always remember and be thankful for.”

In her free time Olivia loves to snowboard, run, play basketball, and hangout with her family and friends.

If you’re interested in her sweatshirts DM Olivia @queen.city.creations on Instagram!

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"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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