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.”


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


"Education is an opportunity and can be transformational for our most vulnerable communities; especially those, like us, working tirelessly in search of the American Dream. Programs like Mercy Education Project have successfully removed those barriers for many and have educated our women and girls and is transforming their lives."

JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer
DTE Energy, August 2017


"….Literacy is a fundamental right and an essential building block for a productive life. Increasing adult literacy also ensures more parents can be engaged in their children’s education, ,making this a cause  critical to helping families break the cycle of poverty. Thank you to Mercy Education Project for their tireless efforts to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn to read. Together, I know we are making a difference.”

Warren C. Evans, Wayne County Executive
Wayne County, December 2016