Paloma school adds athletics supervisor

Former Michigan State special teams football player Demond Williams is now athletics supervisor for La Paloma Academy in Tucson, Heritage Elementary School in Glendale and Williams, and Liberty Traditional Charter School in Phoenix and Douglas.

Williams will assist each charter school's physical education teacher. He is introducing football programs to each school and will organize school athletic days open to the public.

"Despite losing both of his parents by the time he was in high school, Williams remained focused on his football and college goals, always aware of the role model he represented to his younger sisters," La Paloma Academy said in a news release.

Williams played cornerback for the Pima Community College football team in Tucson and later played on the special teams unit at Michigan State.

Visitors bureau promotes Garcia

J. Felipe Garcia has been promoted to executive vice president of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Garcia, who has been with the MTCVB since 2004, will take a lead in planning its annual budget. He will continue his duties from his previous position as vice president of strategic partnerships and Mexico marketing.

He holds a law degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey - ITESM) in Nuevo León, Mexico, and a master of laws (LL.M.) in international trade and investment law from the University of Arizona.

He previously worked for the Tucson-Mexico Trade Office and for the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade.

Garcia is on the board of the U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council and the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and was recently appointed to the President's Advisory Council for the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Mercaldo Law Firm adds new partner

Carlo Mercaldo has joined the Mercaldo Law Firm as a partner and shareholder, following three years of public practice in Washington, D.C.

He joins his father, Ron Mercaldo, who started the local firm more than 30 years ago.

Carlo Mercaldo served as deputy chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the General Counsel from 2009 to 2011. With DHS, Carlo managed the legal review of issues concerning the department's numerous sub-components and agencies on behalf of the department's headquarters and leadership.

In 2011, he moved to the Department of Justice, where he served as special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria.

Previously, the Tucson native worked at a large firm in Phoenix where his practice focused on civil matters including medical malpractice, personal injury, breach of contract, and real estate transactions.

The Mercaldo Law Firm was founded in Tucson in 1979 to represent people who have suffered catastrophic injuries and the surviving families of victims of wrongful death.