Mercy Independence Celebrates Co-worker Valentines

February 11, 2014


Leonard Weaver, ultrasound technologist and

Richenda Herren, MD, general surgeon

Health care careers tend to run in the family at Mercy Independence. Among our co-workers, we have several sets of relatives, including mothers-daughters, siblings, aunts-nieces and seven husband-and-wife pairs.

This Valentine’s week, we celebrate our own Mercy couples and share their “love stories.”

It was truly a “match made in Mercy” for Leonard Weaver, ultrasound technologist at the hospital since 1996, and Richenda Herren, M.D., general surgeon who began her Independence practice in 1994 and became a Mercy co-worker in 2001.

When, where and how did you two meet?

The couple met in the Radiology Department when Dr. Herren would go there to review her patient films.

How did you know he/she was “the one?”

“I knew he was the one when I found out his religious beliefs,” Dr. Herren said.


How long did you date and when, where, how did you decide to marry?

Leonard and Dr. Herren dated for several months. One of their favorite couple activities is dining out at restaurants. It was only fitting, then, that Leonard proposed at an Olive Garden.

“It was a surprise,” Dr. Herren recalled


What was the wedding like?

They were married March 7, 1997, at the home of Joyce Simpson, Dr. Herren’s former practice manager. Joyce and longtime Mercy co-worker Tom True served as witnesses at the ceremony, and Leonard’s daughters were in attendance.


How do you celebrate your anniversary?

The couple’s anniversary is typically pretty low-key, like dining out or catching a movie, but they celebrated their 10th with a special trip to Hawaii!


Together, the couple has two children, Leonard Jr., age 13, and Richelle,10. They also have four daughters and nine grandchildren from Leonard’s previous relationships.



Our thanks to Leonard and Dr. Herren for sharing their story.