Mercedes joined the Trust in December 2016 as its Chief People Officer, bringing over 15 years of human resources expertise with her.
Prior to LT, Mercedes served as the Director of Human Resources for the University Health Partners of Hawaii, the UH JABSOM faculty practice plan, where she supported over 400 staff and faculty physicians; she previously held Specialist, Generalist and Manager roles in retail, hospitality and healthcare/non-profits.
Mercedes has a bachelor’s degree, as well as graduate degree work in Public Administration and Human Resources, and is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional. She plays an active role in SHRM Hawaii and is a current member of the Workforce Division Committee.
In her spare time, Mercedes enjoys training with her friends at the gym (it’s a stress reliever), surfing/boogie boarding with her husband, and taking her dogs to the beach. Her dogs have their own boogie boards! In addition, she enjoys snowboarding, traveling and just relaxing!