Mercie was born in Michigan but had been a resident of the Bay Area since she was 9.  After graduating from Milpitas High School she attended Grambling State university where she  obtained her BS degree in Special Education with a minor in Deaf Studies.  After graduating she returned home where she taught special education for public and non-public schools in the Bay Area.  In her spare time she spends her time tutoring children with Autism.  in 2013, Mercie joined the staff at First Place for Youth as an Education and Employment Specialist and later advanced to the role of a Case Manager for youth in San Francisco at a single site housing site.  While at First Place, Mercie serves as a resource for the TAY (Transitional Aged Youth), to provide them with guidance, and advice on independent living and life skills.  As a case manager, Mercie works closely with the Housing partnership on site as well as the County of San Francisco and other agencies to assist the residents with day to day needs and to help maintain stable affordable housing in San Francisco.  Mercie works with the young adults ranging between 21-25 towards achieving long term goals for long term successes.