The Mercy Leaders Program

"A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just." ~Pope Francis

This program is a co-curricular Mercy program that develops leaders who have a passion to serve their communities. This highly competitive program allocates an Education award of $1000 to students who are selected and successfully complete 200 hours of service in one calendar year and the Mercy Leaders class and group service project, which occurs during the spring semester.

Mercy Leadership and Service Mentors

Leadership Mentors:

Blyssalyn Bieber

“If you think you are too small to make a difference…try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.” -Dalai Lama


Misericordia Student Occupational Therapy Association
Occupational Therapy International Club
American Sign Language Club
Beyond Harmony (a capella group)
Resident Assistant
Mercy Leadership program alum
Mercy Center Nursing Unit volunteer
Blue Chip Farms volunteer
Special Olympics
Camp Victory challenge course counselor

Michael Dubinski

"If you've come here to help me, you're wasting your time. But if you've come here because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let us work together."


President of the Class of 2018
Member of the Luzerne County Community College Board of Trustees
Campus Ministry Team Student Coordinator
Alternative Spring Break Trips to Schenectady and Washington, DC.
Camp Counselor at the American Legion Keystone Boys State

Service Mentors:

D'Manda Price

“As humans we should help others not because it makes us feel good inside, not for the ‘betterment of society’, not for rewards, not for any selfish or vain reason; but because we genuinely want to reach out and help someone better themselves which in return makes us better people, however becoming better people should be an added bonus not the reason we help.” –D’manda

Relay for Life
American Sign Language Club
Students in Service
Student Researcher for the Speech-Language Pathology Department
Speech-Language Pathology Department Articulator Editor
Student Assistant for Denis Anson working on assistive technology
NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association)

Nicole Sadler

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” –Lee Iacocca

Relay for Life Event Lead
Government, Law and National Security Club President
Students in Service
Healthy Options Peer Educators (HOPE) Member
Burlington County Animal Shelter, volunteer
Luzerne County SPCA, volunteer

Rebecca Zaneski

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." -Howard Zinn

MU cheerleading team
Students in Service
Adopt-a-Grandparent coordinator
Kids on Campus coordinator
Bio club
TriBeta Biological Honor Society
Operation Smile club
VA Medical Center volunteer
Miss Pennsylvania Collegiate 2016

Mercy Leaders

Mercy Leaders:

Lauren Apgar

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi

President and founder of the Cougar Cardio Club
Campus Peer Associate Coordinator
OT Camp Counselor
Treasurer of Pi Theta Epsilon
MSOTA President
Peer Tutor/Teacher’s Assistant
H.O.P.E.
Active Minds
OTI (Occupational Therapy International Club)

Thea Arico

"Be someone who makes everybody feel like a somebody." -Kid President

VP of Education Club
Golf Team
Basketball Camp Counselor
Adventures in Learning volunteer
BRIDGE program volunteer


Shawn Dziepak

"Do your best and let God do the rest" - Dr. Ben Carson

Campus Captain for the American College of Nutrition
Co-President for Active Minds at Misericordia
Peer Advocate
Chapter Treasurer, Chaplain, and co-chair of community service, outreach, rush, pledge, and judicial committee of the Epsilon Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Delta National Fraternity

Emily Gurtizen

"We are all created by God. If you cut me and cut you, we are both gonna bleed red." ~Jamaican friend

Starry Knights Coordinator
NSSLHA Treasurer
Orientation Leader
Research Assistant
Theology of the Church Class Jamaica Service Trip
St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen volunteer
Ruth's Place (women's shelter) volunteer
Camp Orchard Hill volunteer

Brianna Membrino

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world"
~Howard Zinn

MSOTA (Misericordia Student Occupational Therapy Association)
Orientation Leader
Co-leader of Kids on Campus
Spring Break Habitat for Humanity Service Trip to Lakeland, FL in 2016
Co-founder and President of Autism Speaks

Elizabeth Pfisterer

"The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, and the fruit of service is peace." - Mother Teresa


MSOTA Vice President
Relay for Life Team Captain
World Citizens Club Secretary
Class of 2017 Secretary
Alternative Spring Break Service Trip Leader
H.O.P.E. (Healthy Options Peer Educator)
Occupational Therapy International Club

Meghan Pontz

"One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve" -Albert Schweitzer

Colleges Against Cancer
MU Autism Awareness
Multicultural Club
Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania
Relay for Life
Alzheimer's Association Walk
Children's Miracle Network
Feed-A-Friend Program
Ronald McDonald House
American Red Cross Volunteer

Rosita Rodriguez-Olivencia

"A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself." Maya Angelou

Marine Corps Veteran
Valor clinic volunteer (shelter and support for veterans)
Veterans Unstoppable Leadership Program
PTSD trained facilitator
Girl Scout Troop Leader
Toys for Tots
Enchanted Makeovers Annual Gala


Cassy Silveri

"Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress." -Unknown

Orientation leader
HOPE (Healthy Options Peer Educators)
Peer Advocate
Active Minds co-president
TED Club
Math and CPS Club
Where's the Fun? Club
Yoga Club
Misericordia Players
Honors program
Admissions ambassador
Peer tutor

Haley Stack

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. ” – Lao Tzu

RYLA senior counselor/advisor (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy)
Gymnastics coach for Girl Scouts of America
Vacation Bible School Volunteer


Mary Stephens

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" ~ Gandhi

Blue Chip Volunteer
Adopt a Grandparent volunteer
Habitat for Humanity volunteer
Relay for Life participant, Donor Dash participant
Missionary to the Dominican Republic with Fusion Church
SNAP member




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