Curriculum Vitae

  • Graduate Teaching Asst (E), Parks, Recreation & Tourism



  • B.S., Leisure Studies and Recreation, California State University, Northridge
  • M.S. , Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, San Francisco State University. Project: Addressing Climate Change: Conventional Resorts Tackle the Need to 'Go Green'

Honors & Awards

  • Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship + Internship Recipient for VenueConnect. International Association of Venue Management Foundation, 06/01/2016
  • Dr. Gary D. Ellis Scholarship. Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, 04/01/2016
  • PCMA Education Conference Scholarship . Professional Convention Management Association, 05/01/2015
  • Dr. Anthony Simone Endowed Scholarship . Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, 04/01/2015


Mercedes is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Her dissertation is titled, Understanding Development, Implementation and Challenges of Sustainability Programs and the Role of the Employee: A Multiple Convention Center Case Study. In addition to sustainability in convention centers, Mercedes is interested in researching the role that venue and special event employees play in policy implementation, the use of theory in tourism research, the business case for sustainability and and complex adaptive systems. 


  • Meeting Professional International (MPI), Member, 08/01/2016 - present
  • International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Member, 08/01/2015 - present
  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Member, 01/01/2015 - present
  • Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC), Member, 09/01/2013 - present
  • The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Managing Director, Events Manager, Consultant, 11/01/2011 - 05/29/2015


  • American Sign Language, functional. Professional Working Proficiency.
  • Portuguese, functional. Professional Working Proficiency .
  • Spanish, functional. Professional Working Proficiency.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Brazil
  • South America
  • United States of America