Foundation Staff & Board

Mercy Hospital Foundation's team is dedicated to supporting the mission of Mercy Hospital and funding its equipment, programs and services and creating healing environments for patients and families. 

Foundation Staff & Board

Mercy Hospital Foundation's team is dedicated to supporting the mission of Mercy Hospital and funding its equipment, programs and services and creating healing environments for patients and families. 

As senior philanthropy officer, Lexie Stetson-Lee works with donors, friends and those working in and for Mercy Regional Medical Center to promote their philanthropic objectives and ideals in partnership with the mission of our rural hospital. Lexie’s work enables individuals to achieve their philanthropic goals while allowing Mercy Regional Medical Center to secure gifts that create impact in the areas of clinical excellence, education and prevention, and community care.

Lexie is a nonprofit professional who has worked in the sector for 14 years. She has a broad scope of experience in philanthropy, STEM programming, operations and business administration. Lexie received her Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin with a focus on educational policy and nonprofit leadership. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from Kenyon College in Ohio. She is also an active volunteer in the community. Stetson-Lee’s career commitment to giving began with a family ethic of service—her parents are both heavily involved in hospital foundations in Ohio. When not at work Lexie enjoys backcountry skiing, and time with her husband and two children.

Joy Hess is the Development Officer for Mercy Health Foundation. Joy’s educational background was originally in education but since then has gone on to work on her PhD in Public Policy and Administration and Non-Profit Management and Leadership.

Joy has been with the foundation for 20 years first serving on the Mercy Health Foundation board and then being hired for major gifts in 2004. Joy was at the inception of the planning and building of the new Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC). In 2004, once plans were in place and groundbreaking occurred at the new and present site of the hospital, Joy was part of the team that raised $11.5 million to help fund equipment needs and special projects for the new hospital. In 2009, Joy was part of the $3.4 million to build a comprehensive breast care center at Mercy. In 2012, Joy was in campaign with her team for Mercy Health Foundation to raise $5.6 million for a new hospice residence successfully reaching and surpassing each fundraising campaign goal.

In addition to the major campaigns that have taken place, Joy has been instrumental in raising money for all equipment needs, programs and services, including Hospice and charity care for Mercy. Joy has been part of grant writing, events, design of collateral materials and public relations and marketing for Mercy Health Foundation.

One of Joy’s proudest accomplishments while being with the foundation has been the long-standing relationships she has built in the community and surrounding communities with individuals and businesses.

Thank you to our Mercy Health Foundation Board members for their support to further the care Mercy Hospital provides to our community.

  • Mike Field
  • Jane Fogleman
  • Bonnie Hermesman
  • Jerry Martinez
  • William McConnell
  • Richard Miller
  • Virginia Miller-Cavanagh
  • Dick Pearson
  • Ryan Phelps
  • Judy Roelofs
  • Steve Swisher
  • Marjie Wilson