Mercy Education Project Names New Executive Director


Amy Amador steps down as Executive Director of the Mercy Education Project and MEP names Kathryn Tanner as new ED.

After ten years of dedicated service, Amy Amador announced her intentions to step down as Executive Director of the Mercy Education Project. Following an executive search, Mercy Education Project is pleased to name Kathryn Tanner as Executive Director effective July 14, 2016.

“Amy has done tremendous work in growing Mercy Education Project’s programs, organizational capacity and stature in the community to expand services to girls and women and help the organization win the prestigious Crain’s Best Managed Non-profit Award in 2013. Kathryn will continue the organization’s important work in the community and bring her leadership skills and experience to further the organization’s growth,” said David Parr, Board Chair and President. “Mercy Education Project’s work in supporting women and girls to receive the education and training they need to change their own lives aligns well with Kathryn’s values and her commitment to building strong, cohesive communities.”

For the past 18 years, Kathryn Tanner served at Montana State University, working to connect college students with the non-profit sector where they actively engaged in helping to meet pressing community needs as volunteers and interns. She has worked with adult, elementary, middle and high school learners and is passionate about assisting others to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Kathryn was born and raised in the Detroit area, graduating from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills and earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She holds a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Montana State University and recently decided to bring her skills and energy to bear, back in her home state of Michigan.

“I am excited and honored to become a member of this tremendous organization. Empowering women and girls to chart a different course for their lives by providing education, and training is a scenario in which everyone wins,” said Kathryn Tanner. “And I am truly humbled to be a part of this important work.”

As a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, Mercy Education Project upholds the values and critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and Kathryn will lead the organization rooted in the Mercy charism.

“Kathryn will be an outstanding leader for Mercy Education Project. She has great positive energy, strong leadership skills, and a passion for the work of helping women and girls fulfill their potential through education,” said Amy Amador. “We have a transition plan in place, and I am committed to supporting Kathryn to ensure a smooth transition in leadership for the organization I have been privileged to serve.”


Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan Bresler
Director of Development & Marketing
Mercy Education Project

1450 Howard Street
Detroit, MI 48216
Phone:  (313) 963-5881
Fax:  (313) 963-0209
Email: [email protected]

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Here are some recent comments from community members, volunteers, students and others who are commenting on Mercy Education Project.

"There is no more important work being done than that of Mercy Education Project, which is helping to craft the lives of future women leaders. I am so proud to be a part of its mission and purpose. MEP deserves the support of the entire state."

Rochelle Riley, Columnist and Author
Detroit Free Press

"We can't support every good cause, but Mercy Education Project achieves such profound academic results within its small budget …its programs must be sustained.  Too many young girls and women are in need of MEP’s services – they are counting on us.”

Denise Starr, Director of Human Resources
City of Detroit