Dr. Sharon (Shaimah) Mendoza Dreisbach holds a position as an Assistant Professor at Skyline University College in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She has several years of experience in the service, hospitality and tourism industries. Her career started in Philippine Airlines and she eventually joined Shangri-la's Mactan Island Resort. She also worked in the government under the City Cultural and Tourism Office in her hometown in the Philippines.
Her Master’s Degree in Public Administration had given her an opportunity to write a research paper on Ecotourism in Barangay Conel in General Santos City. Her paper was then recognized by the City Government and it funded the development of the said Ecotourism destination. She was one of the appointees by the City Government for the research and historical documentation of the Al Klajo Ecotourism Center. The location was then declared one of the notable historical places in the Philippines being the site of the Last Defense of Imperial Japan during World War II.
She then pursued a career in the academe as an HR Generalist, and eventually started her teaching career. In 2009, she obtained her Doctoral Degree in Management, specializing in Human Resource Management. Her doctoral research paper was about Work Ethics, Values and Performance of the Non-Commissioned Officers of the 601st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army.
A cancer survivor and an environmental advocate, she received several awards for her exemplary initiatives and community services in the UAE and in the Philippines. In 2018, she was awarded the Dakilang Bayani Award (Great/Noble Hero Award), the highest award given by the Philippine Consulate in the UAE to an Overseas Filipino Expatriate. In her hometown, the City Government of General Santos also awarded her as the 2017 Outstanding Overseas Filipino Worker. She was also the 2016-2017 Kabayan of the Year Awardee (Filipino Achiever) in the UAE and was an Honorary during the International Women Day in March 2017, given by the Philippine Ladies Circle, Embassy of the Republic of Philippines, UAE.
1. Dreisbach, S.M., Vij, M. & Dreisbach, J.L. (2020). Travel Motivations of Cancer Patients. In S. Paul & S.M. Kulshreshta (Eds.), Global Development Healthcare and Medical Tourism, in press. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
2. Dreisbach, JL., Dreisbach, S. (2018). Female breast cancer as taboo: Cultural factors and awareness amongst patients and their families in the Philippines. GEOGRAFIA OnlineTM Malaysian Journal of Society and Space 14 (4), 201-211 e-ISSN 2680-2491
3. Dreisbach, S. (2009). Work Ethics, Values and Performance of the Officers of the 601st Infantry (Unifier) Brigade, 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division, Philippine Army: Bases for Developmental Plan. Unpublished, Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, Philippines
4. Dreisbach, S. (2002). Ecotourism in Barangay Conel of General Santos City. Notre Dame Research Journal. General Santos City, Philippines
Dreisbach, S.M., Vij, M. & Dreisbach, J.L. (2018 August 22 – 24) Travel Motivations of Cancer Patients and Survivors from United Arab Emirates and the Philippines. International Conference on Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management (HTSM) at Waseda University, Japan
Dreisbach, S., & Dreisbach, J.L. (2017 August 23 – 25) Filipino Discourses on Breast Cancer as Taboo: Cultural Factors Hindering Awareness amongst Patients and their Families. International Conference on Social Sciences (USM-ICOSS) at University of Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Dreisbach, S., & Llagas, C. (2014, March 31 – April 2). Republic Act 9003: Tool in Academe and Stakeholders Participation for Sustainable Watershed Rehabilitation in the Ecotourism Destination Philippines. International Conference on Tourism Milestone (ICTM) at Skyline University College, United Arab Emirates