Matt Baca '00
Matt is a native Santa Fean and is one of several proud generations of his family to graduate from Saint Michael’s. After graduation, he attended Pepperdine University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication. Matt then worked in business development and marketing before pursuing a career in law. Matt received his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico. After passing the bar, Matt clerked for Chief Justice Barbara Vigil at the New Mexico Supreme Court, and he currently serves as Senior Counsel to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. Matt is dedicated to service in his community, serving on multiple non-profit boards and as a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He lives in Santa Fe with his charming toddler son, Jay.
Alexandra Hesbrook, or Alex, hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned her BA in Theatre and English from Colorado College in 2008, and she received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Oregon State University in 2013. After graduation, she received the Oregon State Bridge Position, and taught writing and rhetoric courses as a full-time instructor. Before working in her current position at the Museum of New Mexico Foundation as a writer for Member News, and as a Development Associate, Alex worked at the Santa Fe Opera for six seasons as the Supervisor to the Orchestra and Production Services. There she found a love for opera and for working with art. She is excited to serve on the St. Michael's Board of Trustees, and she looks forward to working with the school and the community of La Sallian brothers.
Jeff Mahan has 30 years of executive-level experience in the hospitality industry, launching and operating award-winning luxury hotels. Most recently, Jeff and his TRU Hotels and Resorts group have acquired the 120-room Lough Erne Resort, Northern Ireland’s 5-Star luxury golf resort. Jeff is also the General Manager and a partner in the locally owned Santa Fe Sage Inn. Past projects include opening Encantado Resort and Spa, New Mexicos’ first and only 5-Diamond resort; El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa in Taos; Jeff also helped open and operated the Inn of the Anasazi during the first 14 years of existence, which was recognized by Departures Magazine as Americas Best Boutique Hotel in 2004. Mahan has served as President and Chair-Emeritus of the New Mexico Lodging Association, President of the Santa Fe Lodgers Association, the American Lodging Association Board of Directors, and also served on Santa Fe’s Occupancy Tax Advisory Board. He was named New Mexico’s Innkeeper of the Year in 2007, and was featured as a lodging mentor on a New Mexico episode of Gordon Ramseys’ “Hotel Hell”. Mahan currently sits on the Board of Advisors of New Mexico State University School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. He received a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from New Mexico State University and currently resides in Santa Fe, NM with his wife Paula; they have two sons.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Nick Miller is an attorney and third-generation real estate entrepreneur. Nick is a principal in multiple real estate ventures and has brokered, developed, and invested in commercial real estate projects in New Mexico and Colorado. Previously, Nick was an investment analyst at The Walt Disney Company where he specialized in financial analysis and new business development. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University and holds a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Nick was valedictorian of St. Michael’s High School and was a member of its state championship basketball team. Nick is married to Sarah Miller and has three children. In his spare time Nick enjoys playing basketball, sand volleyball, Texas Hold’em, and chess.
Leslie Romero Kilmer currently serves as Deputy Superintendent for Bernalillo Public Schools. Prior to her current employment, Leslie has served in various administrative and educational leadership capacities within the state of New Mexico and the state of Texas. She has served as the District Athletic Director and High School Principal for Santa Fe Public Schools, directing principal at Alamogordo High School and Belen High School. Leslie also received advanced Superintendent’s training in Texas, as well as successful completion of the National SUPES Academy in Chicago, Illinois. Leslie is a passionate advocate for all students and her mission is to ensure that every child receives the skills and knowledge within their educational career to ensure that they are prepared to be successful in the next step in their lives, whether it be college, military service, or joining the work force. Leslie is a native of Santa Fe, NM and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas. She has a Master’s Degree in Secondary Language Arts with additional licensure in Educational Leadership from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. On a personal note, Leslie’s husband is a retired high school teacher and currently coaches football at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She has a son and a daughter that are both graduates from Texas Tech University.
James Saya is the Executive Director of Lewis University’s Albuquerque campus and started the campus location in Albuquerque in 2009. Saya, who has more than 29 years of experience in higher education and was previously senior vice president and dean of the Albuquerque campus of the College of Santa Fe and also served as chair of the College’s Department of Business Administration. During his time with the College of Santa Fe, Saya taught graduate, undergraduate and online courses in various business, strategic planning, and organizational leadership topics. He was director for the College’s Kirtland AFB and El Paso sites from 1995-2001. Saya holds an MBA with concentrations in Human Resource Management and Finance along with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.