Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors at Mercy College of Health Sciences is guided by its mission, vision, and values rooted in the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy. The Board serves as the governing body of Mercy College and is committed, at a strategic level, to its fiduciary responsibilities of educational quality, fiscal integrity, and assuring the effectiveness of the College and its various constituencies. In shaping the College’s strategies and policies, the Board engages in a culture of accountability, transparency, and the highest ethical standards. 

Glenn Lyons
Glenn Lyons
Board Chair

571 Polson Developments, LLC


Mary Sheldahl
Mary Sheldahl
Board Vice Chair
Retired Business Owner


Willard Boyd
Willard L. Boyd III, J.D.
Board Secretary

Nyemaster, Goode, P.C.


Thomas Reitinger
Thomas Reitinger
Board Treasurer
Thomas R. Reitinger & Associates, LLC


Merle Pederson
Merle T. Pederson, J.D.
Former Board Chair

Retired - Vice President & Counsel - Government Relations, 
Principal Financial Group


Babara Decker
Barbara Q. Decker, J.D.
ex officio
Mercy College of Health Sciences


Elisabeth Buck
Elisabeth Buck
United Way Central Iowa


Jacquie Easley
Jacqueline Easley McGhee
Director, Community, Diversity & Interpretation Services,
Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines


Stephen Eckstat
Stephen Eckstat, D.O., FAAFP


Paul Erickson
Paul Erickson
Senior Vice President, Consumer Division,
Bankers Trust Company


Jeff Flora
Jeff Flora
Senior Vice President of Finance, Food & Human Group,
Kemin Industries, Inc.


Diane Huber
Diane Huber, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, NEA-BC
Professor & Graduate Health Systems Program Director,
College of Nursing and College of Public Health
University of Iowa


Sara Lydic
Sara Lydic
Mercy College Alumnus, Class of 2013


Sharon Phillips
Sharon Phillips, RN
Vice President, Clinic Operations,
Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines


Sr. Maurita Soukup, RSM, RN, MSN, Ph.D.
Nurse Researcher,
Member of the West Midwest Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas