Mercedes believes that everyone has the ability to live healthy and fulfilling lives if they have access to the right support. She graduated with a B.A. in Global Studies from University of California Santa Barbara, then spent the following few years working in school settings, both in California and New Mexico. Mercedes is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She has learned in her personal life, and professionally, that young people are incredibly resilient. She is grateful to be in a setting at ROOTs where she can draw on her past and current experiences to be a positive part of the clients’ journeys.