Providing Opportunity and Reinforcing the Importance of Being Involved
“ It is hard to imagine where I would be without Mercy in my life. The school gave me opportunity and taught me the importance of being involved,” said Emily Gonderinger ’09.
Gonderinger works for Gavilon, the third largest commodities trading company in the United States, now headquartered in Omaha. She loves her job and describes Gavilon as “ the company between the farmer and the end user. “ The company buys, sells and ships agricultural commodities (corn, soybeans, wheat and by products) all around the world.
“ I never in my life thought I would end up working in agriculture, and even more I did not think I would love it as much as I do,” she added.
Attending Mercy High School was a natural decision for the young girl who grew up in the area around the school. Her older sister Jesse Gonderinger Sullivan ’05 attended the school and enjoyed it immensely. Active in sports, Emily participated in golf all four years and basketball for three years.
“ Golf was a passion of mine and that started with the opportunity to play at Mercy. Playing in high school gave me extra motivation to work on my game,” she said. Emily went on to play golf in college and spent a summer as an intern for the United States Golf Association in Omaha.
One of her most special memories at Mercy was Mercy Day. In her senior year she was co-director of the play. She recalls with fondness taking an innovative approach by focusing less on Catherine McAuley and more on how the Sisters of Mercy started their educational efforts in Omaha and doing a great deal of research.
Following graduation Emily attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City and earned a double degree in business management and math. In addition to playing golf, she was a member of student senate and served as a teaching assistant for calculus classes.
She joined Gavilon in 2013 and enjoys executing commodity trades while utilizing her communication and accounting skills.
She also continues to be involved in Mercy by helping with the annual Golf Fest and attending FIESTA.
“ Playing on the golf team at Mercy was really my first step in my golf career so its nice to be able to give back through that sport. The annual Golf Fest is probably my favorite fundraiser that I participate in and I think in a large part because of the people who make the golf fest happen,” she added.
Emily is very grateful for the education and opportunities she received at Mercy and she encourages others to be charitable and support the school.
“ It is now our time to give it forward, and help support the future Women of Mercy. The lessons are worth so much more than any donation, big, small, or time, that we could provide,” she said.