Mercedes Rae Letender has joined Billings Gazette Communications’ advertising and marketing team as a territory sales assistant. Using her skills in sales management and customer service, she will facilitate the bridge between key account executives, their clientele and the administrative processes to uncover marketing needs and enhance product return for the advertising business. She earned an associate’s degree in science and mathematics from Western Nevada College and performed an English educator’s practicum at the University of Nevada in Reno. Letender volunteers locally in public schools and animal shelters. Her prior work experience includes retail sales and management, including managing several wireless stores.