Meet our North American Provincial Leaders who are serving a second term together through June 2022.
Sister Beverly Heitke, SDS, Provincial Leader, served 18 years as Sponsorship Coordinator for SDS-sponsored institutions before being elected to leadership in 2015. From 1984-1996, she served on the SDS Generalate in Rome, Italy. During that time, she helped oversee Salvatorian ministries in 20 countries worldwide, including Salvator Mundi Hospital in Rome. Sr. Beverly earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee. From 1969 to 1984, she practiced dentistry and served as Assistant Dean for Clinics at Marquette’s School of Dentistry.
Sister Nelda Hernandez, SDS, Vicaress, previously ministered at St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield, Wis. as Associate Director of Adult & Family Ministry and Human Concerns. She entered our religious community after having a career, owning a home and raising a family. Her discernment to religious life began as a call to step away from her comfortable way of life, and then, to see how she might grow through religious formation. Sr. Nelda earned a bachelor’s degree in music; bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, and associate’s degree in graphic design. She also did doctoral-level coursework in counseling and student personnel services.
Sister Ellen Sinclair, SDS, Councilor, earned undergraduate and law degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a master’s in theology from Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. While ministering as a vowed Salvatorian Sister, she has used her legal skills in a variety of settings, including with the Diocese of Phoenix and Archdiocese of Milwaukee tribunals. Along with her leadership responsibilities, Sr. Ellen provides pro bono legal services through the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic and the Legal Action of Wisconsin's Eviction Defense Project.