2012-2018 IHM Leadership Council
Top, left to right: Sisters Patricia McCluskey, Mary Ann Bredice and Mary Jane Herb.
Bottom, left to right: Sisters Margaret Alandt, Sharon Holland and Helen Ingles
Read IHM President Sister Mary Jane Herb's reflection from the June 30, 2012 Transfer of Leadership liturgy.
The IHM Leadership Council is composed of six elected sisters who serve for a six-year term. The Council includes the community's president and five mission councilors, one of whom is elected vice president and another chief financial officer. In addition to overseeing a particular aspect of IHM Leadership, mission councilors provide all IHM Sisters and Associates a direct connection to the IHM Leadership Council.
Margaret (Mary Hofbauer) Alandt, IHM, mission councilor
Sister Margaret spent nearly 20 years ministering as a financial officer for nonprofit organizations in Detroit and an additional eight years in the General Business Office of the IHM congregation. She has served as a pastoral minister, teacher and social justice advocate. She has served as a pastoral minister, teacher and social justice advocate in Detroit, North Carolina and Brazil. For the last two years, the focus of her work has been as a guardian for Compassionate Companions, the umbrella organization for the IHM guardianship program serving clients in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Monroe Counties.
Sister Margaret earned her bachelor's degree in history from Marygrove College in Detroit and a Master of Science in Institutional Administration from the University Notre Dame. Born in Flushing, N.Y., she graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Roseville, Mich.
Mary Ann (Charles Therese) Bredice, IHM, mission councilor
Sister Mary Ann has worked as a teacher, school principal, consultant and caregiver in Minnesota and Ohio.
She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and education from Marygrove and holds a Master of Arts in education from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Born in Ionia, Mich., she graduated from SS. Peter and Paul High School (Ionia).
Mary Jane Herb, IHM, president
Sister Mary Jane ministered as a teacher at Marian High School (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Regina High School (Harper Woods, Mich.) before becoming principal of Our Lady Star of the Sea High School (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.). She worked as regional director for the Archdiocese of Boston before becoming the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Albany, New York, a position she has held for 15 years.
Sister Mary Jane holds a bachelor's degree in math from Madonna University (Livonia, Mich.), a master's degree in education from Wayne State University (Detroit) and a Ph.D. in education from Boston College. She was born in Detroit and graduated from Ladywood High School (Livonia, Mich.).
Sharon (Marie Russell) Holland, IHM, vice president
Sister Sharon has been a canon lawyer since 1979. She served for five years as part of the Archdiocese of Detroit Tribunal and was an assistant professor of canon law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., prior to moving to Rome in 1988. There, Sister Sharon ministered in the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes; as a professor and canon law consultant; and with the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life (CICL), where she served as office head for ordinary governance for three years. She returned to Monroe in 2009 and serves as a canonical consultant. Prior to becoming a canon lawyer, Sister Sharon was a teacher and spiritual director.
Sister Sharon holds a bachelor's degree in music and theology from Marygrove College; a master's in theology from the University of Detroit and a doctorate in canon law from Gregorian University in Rome. She was born in Pontiac, Mich., and graduated from Pontiac Senior High School.
Helen (Mary LaSalette) Ingles, IHM, chief financial officer
Sister Helen spent 16 years as a teacher before switching to the field of financial services, a field in which she has worked for 29 years. During that time, she has served as bookkeeper for the Archdiocese of Detroit Cemeteries; IHM Northwest Province treasurer; the IHM general treasurer; the IHM director of financial services; and as chief financial officer of the IHM congregation since 2006.
Sister Helen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Marygrove College, a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toledo. She was born in Highland Park, Mich., and graduated from St. Martin High School in Detroit.
Patricia (Ann Bernard) McCluskey, IHM, mission councilor
Sister Patricia ministered as a teacher in Detroit before she began teaching in Puerto Rico. She worked in parish ministry in Brazil and as a psychology professor at Instituto Theological de Recife - College/Seminary in Recife, Brazil. When she returned to the United States, she served as a campus minister at Macomb Community College in the Detroit area and as a psychology instructor at Marygrove College in Detroit. For nine years, she was the executive director of the Federation of Returned overseas Missionaries. She ministered as an adjunct professor/director of training for Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Farmington Hills, Mich., and at Michigan School of Psychology as the faculty supervisor for graduate students. At Samaritan Counseling Center in Farmington Hills, she ministered as a therapist, director of training and associate executive director. At the time of her election to leadership in the IHM congregation, Sister Patricia was the executive director/psychologist at Samaritan.
She hold a bachelor's degree in English from Marygrove College; a master's degree in education from Wayne State University; and a master's degree in pastoral ministry from Marygrove. She also holds a D.Min. degree from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (Detroit) and a Ph.D. in psychology from Union Institute in Cincinnati. Born in Detroit, Sister Patricia graduated from St. Martin High School.
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