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 2011, 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.

You can find us at:

1885 De La Cruz Blvd Ste 101
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: 650-815-1554
Email: info@mercybeyondborders.org

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.

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Bill Coats

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

William “Bill” Coats was one of the first board members of MBB and currently serves as Board Chair. Mr. Coats is an attorney and focuses his practice on intellectual property, specifically involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secret disputes. He possesses deep and broad knowledge of a number of cutting-edge technologies, which he uses to provide strategic counsel to clients across a number of industries, including computers, electronics, entertainment and the media. He is the past Chair of the Science and Technology Law Section of the American Bar Association and was appointed by the U.S. government to the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business Task Team on Intellectual Property Rights and Related Issues in 2008.

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Kevin Grimes

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

Kevin Grimes is a Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology and Co-director of the SPARK Program in Translational Research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. After receiving his MD from Brown University, he completed his medical training and joined the clinical faculty at Stanford. He was awarded a Hartford Foundation Fellowship to study health economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was subsequently selected as a White House Fellow and served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He was awarded the David Rytand Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching.

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

Mark Sato Stevens


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; 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.

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

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

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

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

Lizzie Hancock

Administrative Assistant

Chancy Gondwe
Chancy Gondwe

Enhanced Computer Learning Coordinator

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Melissa Chipojola

Enhanced Computer Learning Coordinator

Francheline Naissance
Francheline Naissance

Boarding House Matron Support & Tutor

2017 Opus Prize Laureate

Sr Marilyn Lacey, RSM

Founder, Mercy Beyond Borders

Sister Marilyn Lacey founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2008 after a visit to South Sudan where she saw what she described as “by far the most devastated place” she’d ever experienced during her decades of work with refugees around the world. Mercy Beyond Borders brings hope to more than 1,400 woman and girls annually by providing educational, economic and empowerment opportunities where there are few options to escape extreme poverty.