The St. Michael's High School Board of Trustees is the governing body that oversees policy, budget and other issues related to the school, including the perpetuation of the Lasallian tradition in our mission as well as academic and extra-curricular programs.
Exilda Martinez ’57, Board Chair
Exilda Trujillo Martinez is a retired middle school teacher and principal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the College of Santa Fe and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico. She is involved with many civic, social, political and professional activities. She also serves on various boards and committees, primarily associated with health, welfare, and safety of children and youth in the educational arena. She is also actively engaged in the preservation of culture and the arts. Exilda graduated from Loretto Academy and her late husband, Ramon, was an alumnus of St. Michael’s. Their family consists of six adult children and seven grandchildren.
David K. Blackman
David Blackman has spent the past thirty years as a commercial lender in Santa Fe. He has worked at The Bank of Santa Fe, First State Bank, and First Community Bank, and he continues to work as a private lender with Davos Capital, LLC. Mr. Blackman was first elected to the St. Michael’s Board of Trustees in 2000, serving through 2008. In 2006, he accepted responsibility as Board Representative for the preservation of San Miguel Chapel. He was Chairman of Preserve San Miguel during the process of taking the Chapel back to its origin as an adobe church. He continues to volunteer at San Miguel, serving as St. Michael’s intermediary with Cornerstones Community Partnerships on the on-going preservation work and coordinating docent volunteers with the help of his wife Portia. Their sons Joel and Jeff are both St. Michael’s graduates.
Sonya S. Carrasco-Trujillo '93
Sonya S. Carrasco-Trujillo ‘93 received her Bachelor of Arts in American Government from Georgetown University. She returned to New Mexico to attend law school at the University of New Mexico where she graduated from in 2000. Sonya has worked as a District Attorney in both Santa Fe and in Albuquerque, and served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor Diane Denish, and the Deputy Director of Legislative and Political Affairs for Governor Bill Richardson. Sonya is currently the Deputy Counsel for the Department of Public Safety, and the New Mexico State Police. She is a Captain in the New Mexico Army National Guard where she serves as Judge Advocate General. Sonya is married to retired New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Shilling, and they live in Santa Fe.
Paula M. Gonzales '04
Paula M. Gonzales joined the Board of Trustees in May 2013. She has a life long legacy with the school, being among one of several proud generations of her family to graduate from Saint Michael’s. Ms. Gonzales earned her BA with a double major in Political Science and Communication from the University of New Mexico before pursuing a career in engineering. She currently leads a program of Emergency Medical Scribes in the Cristus St. Vincent Emergency Department, being charged with training and ensuring compliance with medical-legal reimbursement documentation. She is an member of the San Isidro-San Jose parish in Santa Fe and in her free time enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony, and their two dogs.
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.
Nick Miller '99
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Nick Miller is a 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 Santa Fe and Denver. 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 expects to receive a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2015. 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 two children. In his spare time Nick enjoys playing basketball, Texas Hold’em, and chess.
Brother Donald Mouton, FSC
Brother Donald Mouton is currently professor of Religion Studies in the Liberal Arts Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and at Lewis University in Albuquerque. From 1971-1982 he was professor of Religion Studies at the College of Santa Fe, and President of the college from 1982-1987. He served as Provincial Superior (Visitor) of the New Orleans-Santa Fe District from 1990-1996 and resumed teaching at the College of Santa Fe in 1996. He taught at St. Michael's High School during the academic year 2009-2010. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Mathematics from St. Michael's College (later known as the College of Santa Fe) in 1957 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Catholic Univesity in Paris. The student service center on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design is named Mouton Hall dedicated in May, 2009.
Max E. Myers
Max E. Myers is Executive Vice President of New Mexico Bank and Trust. Mr. Myers’ banking career began in 1979, when he served as assistant national bank examiner in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and has since included senior leadership positions at Southwest National Bank and First National Bank of Albuquerque, FirstBank Santa Fe, and Sunwest Bank of Santa Fe. From 1998–2002, Mr. Myers managed M3, LLC, and from 2002–2006 he was executive vice president of Century Bank. Mr. Myers graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1975. He holds a BBA in finance from New Mexico State University and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Myers has served as the local United Way Campaign Chair and on the advisory board of the New Mexico State University Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management School. Mr. Myers and his wife, Linda Cooper Myers, live in Santa Fe. Their children, Reese, Blake, and Eric, are St. Mike’s alumni.
Leslie Romero Kilmer
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, MBA
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.