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.
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.
Leslie Romero Kilmer currently serves as Associate Superintendent for Espanola 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.
Clarice has been in the private practice of orthodontics in Santa Fe since 1989. She earned her BS in Biology from Baylor University in 1982 and her DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986. She received her certificate in orthodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1989. Clarice has been a long-time volunteer at St. Michael’s beginning soon after moving back to Santa Fe at the completion of her education. She served on the St. Michael’s Foundation Board from 1993-2012 and on the Parents’ Club Executive Committee from 2012-2016. Professionally, Clarice is a member of the Santa Fe District Dental Society and served on its executive board from 1990-1994. She is also a twenty-eight year volunteer dentist with the Villa Therese Catholic Clinic and a member of the Children’s Medical Services cleft palate team in Santa Fe. Clarice and her husband Scott have two children, Zach '13 and Allie '16, who are both St. Michael’s graduates.
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.
Geno Zamora is a Founding Partner in Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm where he utilizes his diverse background in law, business, and public policy to provide his clients with legal, policy and strategic direction for issues including education, employment and labor, risk management, procurement, land use, water, human rights, government relations and open government. Prior to Ortiz & Zamora, Geno served as in-house General Counsel for the Santa Fe Public School District and, in 2015, attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s National Institute for Urban School Leaders. Geno is also the Board President of Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region in New Mexico and Member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Leadership Council advising the National CEO. Geno formerly served as Member and Board President of the St. Michael’s High School Foundation. Geno is a 1987 graduate of St. Michael’s High School, a 1991 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Business, and a 1994 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. He and his wife Sheila live in Santa Fe, New Mexico with their dogs Bella, Sancho and Boomer.
Elias Gallegos '93
Upon graduating from St. Michael’s High School in 1993, Elias Gallegos set his sights on the footlights of film and stage. After a short stint with Shakespeare in Santa Fe, he ventured outside of his hometown to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts West. During his 15 years living in Los Angeles, Mr. Gallegos appeared in TV commercials for companies like Bud Light and Enterprise Rent-A-Car and magazine advertisements for MotorTrend and ESPN the Magazine. However, it was an appearance on the TV hit series ER that propelled Mr. Gallegos’s career to a series of consistent appearances on the Lifetime Network. Fortunately, the growing film industry in Santa Fe allowed this native New Mexican to return home and still pursue his passions. Mr. Gallegos can be seen on shows such as In Plain Sight, The Last Stand, and Graves, to name a few. He is honored to serve St. Michael’s and hopes to bring creativity and passion for the arts to his role as a member of the Board of Trustees.