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

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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.

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Bill Coats

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

Bio forthcoming.

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Kevin Grimes

Member, Executive Committee; Member, Board Development Committee; Member, Resource Development Committee

Bio forthcoming.

Stacy Markel
Stacy Markel

Member, Programs Committee; Member, Resource Development Committee

Stacy is an executive leader of human resources for Nuvation Bio. Stacy has 27 years in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry serving in a variety of functional capacities with numerous years of executive team leadership experience, both domestically and globally. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of California, Davis

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Mark Sato Stevens

Member

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.

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Chris White

Member, Board Development Committee; Member, Resource Development Committee; Chair, Programs 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.

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Matilda Rial

Member, Programs 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

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Julie Fulmer McKellar

Member, Resource Development Committee; Member, Programs 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.

Mercy Beyond Borders Staff

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Sr. Marilyn Lacey

Executive Director
California

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Eden M. Feil

Chief Operating Officer
California

Jonathan LaMare
Jonathan LaMare

Country Director
Haiti

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Emmanuel Dan Apeu-O

Country Director
S. Sudan

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Sr. Edvine Tumwesigye

Scholarships Coordinator
S. Sudan

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Monica Kinyua

Scholarships Liaison
Africa

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Moriku Agnes

St. Bakhita School Nurse
S. Sudan

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Aloude Merestil

Boarding House Matron
Haiti

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Jeanine Sterlin

Boarding House Matron
Haiti

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Mericile Dieustin

Sewing Teacher
Haiti

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Suzette Suzilien

Housekeeper
Haiti

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Anne Milhomme

Literacy Teacher
Haiti

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Achemi Bakhita Adam

Computer Instructor
S. Sudan