About Us

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. 

Merle Pederson

Merle T. Pederson, J.D.
Board Chair

Vice President & Counsel - Government Relations, 
Principal Financial Group

  Glenn Lyons

Glenn Lyons
Board Vice Chair

Executive Director,
Neighborhood Development Corporation

Diane Deibler

Diana Deibler

Deibler & Company

  Mary Sheldahl

Mary Sheldahl

Retired Business Owner

Desmund Adams

Desmund D. Adams, J.D.

BFGG Holding, LLC

  Willard Boyd

Willard L. Boyd III, J.D.

Nyemaster, Goode, P.C.

Elisabeth Buck

Elisabeth Buck

Chief Community Impact Officer,
United Way Central Iowa

  Babara Decker

Barbara Q. Decker, J.D.,

ex officio

Mercy College of Health Sciences

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

The University of Iowa

  Sara Lydic

Sara Lydic
Mercy College Alumnus, Class of 2013

Graduate Student,
Des Moines University

Christine Pharr

Christine Pharr, Ph.D.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement, 
College of Saint Mary

  Sharon Phillips

Sharon Phillips, RN

Vice President, Clinic Operations,
Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines

Thomas Reitinger

Thomas Reitinger

Thomas R. Reitinger & Associates, LLC

  Bob Ritz

Bob Ritz,

ex officio

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