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Karen Hanrahan, Head of School

Karen began her tenure as Mercy's new President on July 1, 2013. She brings a wealth of professional experience and expertise that will help to shape Mercy’s future. Prior to Mercy, she served as President of Seton Keough High School. Her accomplishments at Seton Keough High School included reducing the annual deficit by 50+%; instituting an iPad program; developing the Focus on the Arts Program; instituting Virtual High School; and advancing Project Lead the Way (a STEM program - science, technology, engineering, and math) in bio-medical and pre-engineering which received full accreditation in only three years. Karen holds a Master’s degree and has more than 25 years experience in Catholic education with a focus on advancement, admissions, and administration. Karen has extensive community experience serving on numerous boards. Karen enjoys visiting presidential and historical sites; cheering on the Cleveland Indians and is also a Ravens fan. Karen has a passion for girls' sports and loves attending the athletic events to support the girls!

Lauren Conklin, Assistant Head of School for Academics

Lauren joined the Mercy community in 2012 as the English Department Chair and English teacher and was appointed as Assistant Head of School for Academics in June 2014. Lauren has an extensive academic background holding a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University achieving a 4.0 GPA as well as a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University. She has had extensive teaching experience in English and Journalism. Lauren has received a number of awards including Outstanding Contributor to Education in 2010, the Ennis Innovator in English Award, she has been a three-time presenter at the National Journalism Education Association, National Conference as well as a presenter at the Midwest AP Conference speaking about “Scaffolding Regular-Level Students to AP Writing. She is a regular attendee of AP and NCTE conferences and in 2014, her senior English class achieved a 100% passage rate on the AP exam. Lauren has also been a freelance journalist, feature writer, and reporter in her hometown state of Illinois. Lauren fulfilled a life-long dream when she was a Freelance Journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Lauren's academic background and achievements provide a strong foundation for her new role as Assistant Principal for Academics at Mercy.


Claire Rietmann-Grout, Assistant Head of School for Student Life

Claire joined the Mercy community in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Athletics. Clare is a Mercy Alum from the Class of 2004. Claire received her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Studies from Townson University and received her Masters from California State University, Northridge.

Leadership Team Members


Head of School, Karen Hanrahan
Assistant Head of School for Academics, Lauren Conklin
Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Claire Rietmann-Grout
Director of Advancement, Mary Lund
Director of Admission, Patricia Glasser
Director of Finance and HR, jane vogel
Director of Marketing, briana daley
Campus Minister, Angie Simonetti