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.

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

V. Dori Alexandre

Chair, Technology & Marketing Committee; Member, Programs Committee

Dori is a Diversity Communications Specialist at Google; formerly a United States Senate Staffer in DC; graduate of Emory University.

Garick Chan

Member, Tech & Marketing Committee

Garick is a Corporate Recruiter for CBRE, and formerly an IT recruiter & Social Media Consultant at various start-ups. Garick holds a Social Ecology degree from UC Irvine.

William Sloan Coats

Chair, Board Development Committee

Bill is a Partner at Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP and a former member of the UN team on Intellectual Property Rights. Bill graduated from UC Hastings School of Law.

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.

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.

George Lula

Member, Finance Committee

George is Founder of Grove Capital Partners and Grove Tech Partners; former CEO of PNC Capital Markets, SVP Mellon Bank, VP Goldman Sachs. Served in US Air Force. Graduate of University of Pittsburgh.

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

MBB Board Chair; Member, Programs Committee

Theresa is Manager of the Refugee Program at Catholic Charities, San Jose; South Sudanese-born; holds a Master’s in human services administration.

Mark Sato Stevens

MBB Board Treasurer; Member, Program 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.

Shirley Tamoria

Member, Programs Committee

Shirley, a doctor, is Medical Director at Kalihi Palama Health Clinic, HI; experienced in primary care, public health and the training of community health workers in rural Peru and South Sudan.

Mercy Beyond Borders Staff

Sr. Marilyn Lacey

Executive Director

Adrienne Perez

Assistant Director

Elisa Divoux

Country Director

Emmanuel Dan Apeu-O

Country Director
S. Sudan

Valkyrie Anderson

Scholarships Coordinator

Jeanine Sterlin

Boarding House Matron

Aloude Morestil

Boarding House Matron

Sr. Edvine Tumwesigye

Scholarships Coordinator
S. Sudan

Achemi Bakhita Adam

Computer Instructor
S. Sudan