Director of Food & Beverage
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona except for a stint in Las Cruces, New Mexico where she graduated from high school, Melissa has been engrossed and engrained in the food and beverage industry for her entire adult life.
Prior to joining the team at Shangri-La, Melissa served as Food & Beverage Manage at Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment in Tucson, managing both front of the house and back of the house operations supervising over 300 employees plus chefs!
After a lifetime in Tucson, Melissa made the move to Monkey Island and joined the team at Shangri-La December 1, 2019. She continually works on recruiting, training, and supervising all Food & Beverage employees throughout the resort to ensure the ultimate in service at all resort venues.
Although a career in food & beverage doesn’t leave much time for hobbies, Melissa says she enjoys “the gym” and “eating and drinking…which might explain the gym,” she laughs.
She loves exploring new food & beverage venues, new technology, and methods of constantly improving service.
Her daily priority is to make every dining experience at any Shangri-La venue a wonderful memory.