FORT SMITH, Ark. – Martin Schreiber, Ed.D., has joined Mercy Fort Smith as the new vice president of mission.
Schreiber grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and has held positions both domestically and abroad. His former roles as Jesuit, teacher and consultant in places such as New York, California, Peru, Honduras, Kenya, China, Belize and El Salvador in the past 15 years have formed the bases of his career and fully prepared him for this new role. As vice president of mission, Schreiber will work with senior leadership in facilitating the understanding and application of the Mercy mission and values into organizational decisions, practices and activities. He will also work to promote the Mercy mission and values as an integral part of the organization's culture, strategic planning, policies, programs and practices.
In his new role, Schreiber said he is looking forward to building relationships with local organizations, churches and schools so Mercy can continue its mission of serving those in need.
“I’ve already met with a number of local organizations that are helping us fulfill our mission of bringing to life the healing ministry of Jesus through our compassionate care and exceptional service,” Schreiber said. “There is already great work being done in Fort Smith and I look forward to working with those organizations so we can offer holistic care of the body, mind and spirit to those in the community who need it most.”
Schreiber said he and his wife, Allie, were drawn to Fort Smith because of the beauty of the natural state and the hospitality shown by the community.
“When I think about Fort Smith and this Mercy community, I think about God’s desire for us to have ‘tender courage,’” he said. “This is a wonderful expression by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy. People here are courageous because they allow you to be who you are, and they are tender in their care for you. There is simplicity in that and it is very welcoming.”
Schreiber earned his doctorate degree in administration and supervision from Loyola University in Chicago. He comes to Mercy Fort Smith from Presence Health, where he served as regional officer of mission and global ministry.