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Sisters of Mercy elect new regional leadership

August 10, 2006

The Assembly of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Detroit has elected the following Regional Leadership Team to serve from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2008:

Gilmary Bauer, RSM, '69, President
Judith Marie Frikker, RSM, '73
Margaret Mary Platte, RSM, '65, '73
LuAnn Mary Hannasch, RSM

Sister Gilmary Bauer has been a member of the Regional Community of Detroit leadership team since 1998 and was elected President in August 2005. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Mercy College of Detroit and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. Sr. Gilmary lived and ministered with poor persons in Argentina for four years and taught at high schools there and throughout Michigan for nearly ten years. She was adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, and assistant professor at Mercy College of Detroit, University of Detroit Mercy, and Mercy College of Northwest Ohio. Sr. Gilmary developed the women's program at Mercy Education Project in Detroit and served as its coordinator. She serves on the board of Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School for Girls, chairs the East Detroit Not-for-Profit Housing Corporation (McAuley Commons) and is liaison for the West Midwest Justice Committee.

Sister Judith Frikker has been a member of the Detroit Regional Leadership Team since 2002. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Mercy College of Detroit and graduated from Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine with an MD. Sr. Judith worked as a medical doctor at Mercy facilities in Michigan and Guyana before moving to Chile in 1987, where she was a primary care physician for 12 years and did pastoral work in parishes. Upon her return to the U.S., she worked in a clinic for the uninsured in the Detroit area before her election to the regional leadership team. She currently serves on the board of Freedom House and of St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland in Pontiac, MI. Sr. Judith is a member of the West Midwest Coordinating Committee and liaison to the WMW Finance Committee.

Sister Margaret Platte has been a member of the Regional Community of Detroit leadership team since 2002. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and Education from Mercy College of Detroit, a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Detroit and a master's in pastoral ministry from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. Sr. Margaret served as a principal and teacher at middle schools in Michigan and Iowa for more than 20 years. She was director of pastoral care at McAuley Center, the Regional Community of Detroit's retirement center, for six years. She is liaison to the West Midwest Retirement Work Group and a member of the WMW Site Selection Work Group. She has also been the leadership team contact with WMW Mercy New Membership ministers.

Sister LuAnn Hannasch has ministered in health care in Iowa and Michigan as a nurse, manager, parish nurse, board member, and currently as director of mission and spiritual care services for Mercy Hospital in Port Huron, MI. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, MI and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa. Sr. LuAnn has served on various Regional Community of Detroit committees including the Anti-Racism Committee and the Mercy Ministry Project Fund Committee. She is a member of Detroit's 2003-2006 Assembly Steering Committee and the West Midwest Governance Work Group.