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. 


Mary Sheldahl
Mary Sheldahl*
Board Chair
Retired Business Owner

Glenn Lyons
Glenn Lyons*
Vice Chair

571 Polson Developments, LLC
Paul Erickson
Paul Erickson*

Senior Vice President, Consumer Division
Bankers Trust Company
Douglas Fiore
Doug Fiore, PhD*
ex officio
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Jeff Flora
Jeff Flora*
Senior Vice President of Finance, Food & Human Group
Kemin Industries, Inc
Karl Keeler
Karl Keeler*
ex officio

Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines
Thomas Reitinger
Thomas Reitinger*
Board Treasurer
Thomas R. Reitinger & Associates, LLC

Emily McAllister, JD
Attorney, Shareholder
Duncan Green, P.C.

Michael Bohl
Michael Bohl
Chief Operations Officer
Radiology Group, PC, SC
Elisabeth Buck
Elisabeth Buck
United Way Central Iowa

Linda Carter-Lewis
Linda Carter-Lewis
Community Advocate

Tom Clancy, PhD
Interim Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Mercy Iowa City

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

Stephen Eckstat
Stephen Eckstat, DO, FAAFP

Joyce Lillis
Joyce Lillis, MSN, RN
Retired Nursing Professional
Sr. Maurita Soukup
Sr. Maurita Soukup, RSM, PhD, RN
Nurse Researcher
Member of the West Midwest Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Debra Willyard
Debra Willyard, EdD, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Pella Regional Health Center


*Denotes Executive Committee Member