Board of Directors

The composition of the McAuley Ministries Board of Directors is designed to connect our founders — the Sisters of Mercy — with the community. One-third of McAuley Ministries board members are residents of the Hill District, Uptown, or West Oakland, the primary communities we serve. We value diversity, inclusion, and equity. As such, our board is enriched through its racial, gender, and age diversity. Together, our board members contribute their experience in education, community and economic development, health and human services, finance, and our Mercy heritage.

2019 Board of Directors

Sister Susan Welsh, RSM (Chairperson)
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Emma T. Lucas-Darby (Vice Chairperson)
Interim MSW Program Director
University of Pittsburgh

Sister Diane Matje, RSM (Secretary)
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Tia L. Baker
Chief Executive Officer, Crown Cut Concierge &
Chief Operating Officer, Cupcakes Most Wanted

Sister Sheila Carney, RSM
Special Assistant to the President for Mercy Heritage & Service
Carlow University

Sister Marie Immaculée Dana, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Sister Rita Harasiuk, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Sister Bonnie Heh, RSM
Finance Director
The Intersection

Sister Patricia McCann, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Sister Kathleen McGrady, SC
Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill

James H. Myers Jr.
Community Engagement & Business Development Manager
Urban Innovation21

Sean D. Thomas
Student Success Coach
Community College Allegheny County

Michele Rone Cooper
Executive Director
McAuley Ministries

Founding Board Members

Sister Sheila Carney, RSM
Special Assistant to the President for Mercy Heritage & Service
Carlow University

Sister Patricia Mary Hespelein, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Sister Patricia McCann, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Sister Lorraine Meskowski, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Sister Susan Welsh, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Community of New York Pennsylvania West (NyPaW)

Michele Rone Cooper
Executive Director
McAuley Ministries