About Mercy Beyond Borders

Forging ways for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect and lead.

Our History

Sr. Marilyn Lacey founded Mercy Beyond Borders (MBB) in 2008 to transform the lives of women and girls in extreme poverty. Our work began in South Sudan because it was, in Marilyn’s words, “by far the most devastated place I’d ever seen in my decades of doing refugee work.” In 2012, MBB expanded into Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake that killed a quarter-million people while displacing tens of thousands more. Mercy Beyond Borders is a 501(c)3 organization EIN 26-0323282. Click here for latest annual report.

Our People

Mercy Beyond Borders relies on the active and generous engagement of its board members and supporters. We are honored to work closely with wonderful Haitian and African staff who dedicate their time to their communities.

Mercy Beyond Borders Board

Sr. Marilyn Lacey

Executive Director, Mercy Beyond Borders

Marilyn is a Sister of Mercy working with displaced populations since 1980 in the U.S and in refugee camps. MSW from UC Berkeley; public speaker; author of a memoir, This Flowing Toward Me.

Gordon Howie

Chair, Finance Committee

Gordon is a former Managing Director of Healthcare Financing Groups for Bank of America Securities, UBS Financial Services, First Boston Corp, and Kidder Peabody. He holds an MBA from Harvard.

Chin-Yu Hu

Member, Tech & Marketing Committee; Member, Resource Development Committee

Ching-Yu was the Head of Terra Bella Business Operations at Google and has been featured in Glamour Magazine’s Top 35 Women under 35 Changing the Tech Industry. She holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University

Mark Sato Stevens

MBB Board Chair; Member, Executive Committee; Member, Board Development Committee

Mark is Senior Counsel at Climate Corporation in San Francisco; formerly with Motorola Mobility LLC; master’s in Public International Law from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; JD from University of California.

Chris White

Member, Board Development Committee; Member, Resource Development Committee

Chris is the Vice President of Global Risk and Insurance at Capital Group Companies. Has traveled extensively through Africa. Chris holds a BLA in extension studies with a concentration in Economics from Harvard University.

Eva Marie Miehm

Member, Resource Development Committee

Eva is an IT Manager at Cisco Systems; formerly with Smith Barney Venture Services. MA in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Matilda Rial

Member, Resource Development Committee

Matilda is an International Case Coordinator at Johns Hopkins International and a Public Health Consultant at the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands. MPH at Argosy University and MBBS (MD Equivalent) from University of Juba. South-Sudanese born

Theresa Samuel-Boko

Theresa is a lifelong advocate for refugees and immigrants and has worked in the Refugee Resettlement field for over a decade. She has a BA in Agriculture and an MS in Human Services Administration.

Julie Fulmer McKellar

Member, Board Development Committee

For over 17 years Julie served as a Deputy County Counsel representing Santa Clara County in court cases involving child abuse and neglect. She is currently the Director of Volunteer Services at Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, a nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports mentors for children who have experienced abuse or neglect in the juvenile dependency system.

Bijal Patel

Mercy Beyond Borders Staff

Sister Marilyn Lacey
Sr. Marilyn Lacey

Executive Director

Eden M. Feil

Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan LaMare
Jonathan LaMare

Country Director

Emmanuel Dan Apeu-O

Country Director
S. Sudan

Sr. Edvine Tumwesigye

Scholarships Coordinator
S. Sudan

Monica Kinyua

Scholarships Liaison

Moriku Agnes

St. Bakhita School Nurse
S. Sudan

Aloude Merestil

Boarding House Matron

Jeanine Sterlin

Boarding House Matron

Mericile Dieustin

Sewing Teacher

Suzette Suzilien


Anne Milhomme

Literacy Teacher

Achemi Bakhita Adam

Computer Instructor
S. Sudan