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Two Sisters of Mercy are among five newly elected members of Trocaire College's board of trustees, Trocaire officials announced.

Sister Sharon L. Erickson, pastoral associate at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Lakeview, and Sister Mary Joel Schimscheiner, vice president of long-term care for the Catholic Health System, each will serve a three-year term on the Trocaire board.

Sister Sharon, who has experience in both education and counseling, holds a bachelor's degree from Medaille College and a master's degree from Loyola University in Chicago.

Sister Mary Joel, who was chief executive officer of Kenmore Mercy Hospital for 18 years, holds bachelor's degrees from Medaille and D'Youville colleges and a master's degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Other newly elected trustees of the South Buffalo-based Trocaire are:

* Herbert T. Courtney, vice president and portfolio manager of the Business Banking Center of M & T Bank. He earned a bachelor's and two master's degrees including an MBA from Canisius College.

* Eric Koessler, a sales representative for Alpha Graphics who is also a classical guitarist. He has a bachelor's degree from Hobart College in Geneva, and has studied at the Community Music Academy of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

* David F. Smith, president of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. He holds a law degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Courtney, Koessler and Smith will also serve three-year terms on the Trocaire board.

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