Board of Directors
Upholding our vision
Board members keep our strategic operations on track and help us to weigh the value of proposed initiatives. We rely on their extensive experience to inform our corporate decision-making.
Tom is a native New Mexican and a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He also holds an Applied Sciences Degree in Funeral Service from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Tom began his career at FRENCH in 1993, becoming President and CEO and an owner of French Funerals – Cremations, Best Friends Pet Cremation, and the Cremation Society of NM in 2010. Tom and the entire team at FRENCH is dedicated to living the company mission of “Honoring and Remembering EVERY life”. Tom and his wife, Keri, have two adult daughters, and two dogs. In their down time you’ll find Tom and Keri enjoy hiking together and exploring our beautiful State and National Parks. Tom has been involved in several non-profits as a volunteer and board member. He currently sits on the Board of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of ABQ charitable foundation, and is Chair of the board for New Mexico Mutual. Tom also serves as a Trustee of the Albuquerque Community Foundation and a board member for Selected Independent Funeral Homes, an international funeral service association. He has also served on the Board and is a Past Chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Board member and Past Campaign Chair for United Way of Central NM, Past President of Rotary Club of Albuquerque, Past President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM, past board member of Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA) and a former Honorary Commander for the Safety Center at Kirtland Air Force Base.
Samuel L. Baca is a certified public accountant with the firm Baca & Howard, P.C. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Estate Planning Council. He has served as resource to the judiciary in New Mexico, providing leadership on the statewide alimony guidelines committee. His expertise regarding finances in divorce matters also is provided to the collaborative law group and to the Samaritan Counseling Center’s Center for Changing Families. He was previously elected by the policyholders of New Mexico Mutual to serve on the Board of Directors from May 2008 to May 2016.
Campos is the Administrator of Guadalupe County Hospital, a 10-bed general acute care hospital in rural eastern New Mexico, where she began as a hospital volunteer and later served as Finance Officer. Serving as Administrator since 2004, she has reinvigorated the small hospital, improving and expanding services, training and recruiting local staff, and eliminating all agency and traveling staff. She spearheaded the planning, financing, design and construction of the replacement facility, which opened in June 2011. Since then, the small frontier hospital has been recognized as a model of design, quality and patient care. She is past Chairman of the New Mexico Hospital Association Board of Directors. She is Chairman of the NMHA’s Protecting Access to Rural Communities committee and has chaired the NMHA PAC committee. She currently also serves on the NM Hospital Equipment Loan Council and the Hospital Services Corporation Board of Directors. She is a founding member and past Chairman of the NM Rural Hospital Network. In 2013, she was appointed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services for a 3 year term. Ms. Campos has served as NM delegate to the AHA Region 8 Regional Policy Board, and served on the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities, the AHA Small and Rural Governing Council and the AHA Next Generation Physician Leadership Taskforce. In 2017, she was elected to the AHA Board of Trustees and began her three year term in January 2018. She currently serves on the AHA Future of Rural Health Care Task Force and on the AHA Price Transparency Task Force. She was recently elected to serve on the AHA Board of Directors Executive Committee. She received her BA in Latin American Studies and Economics from the University of New Mexico, and her MBA in Health Care Administration from Regis University in Denver, CO.
Ken Carson is the Owner and President of Nexus Brewery & Restaurant since 2011. Carson was the former president of MyBank, previous Director for the New Mexico Financial Institutions Divisions, and once served as the State’s Banking Commissioner.
Ronda Gilliland-Lopez brings a wealth of workers’ compensation expertise to the Board. For 24 years, she has overseen the operations and financial success of one of the state’s oldest self-insurance programs as Assistant Administrator of the Mechanical Contractors’ Association of New Mexico’s Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Group Fund. She also serves as Assistant Administrator of both the Mechanical Contractors’ Association of New Mexico and the Sheet Metal Contractors’ Association of New Mexico.
Ms. Gilliland-Lopez co-chaired the Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA) transition team for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. She also chairs WCA’s Independent Medical Examination (IME) Committee, which designates an approved list of health care providers who are authorized to conduct IMEs. She hears appeals as a member of the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI’s) New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and serves on NCCI’s New Mexico Assigned Risk Board of Governors.
With a keen understanding of New Mexico workers’ compensation statutes, Ms. Gilliland-Lopez advocates for the passage of workers’ compensation legislation on behalf of her industry. She also serves on the Governing Council of ACE Leadership High School, a charter school that prepares students for leadership roles in the construction industry.
Maria Griego-Raby is President and Principal of Contract Associates, managing and leading a 40-member company with offices in Albuquerque and El Paso. She formerly was an administrative analyst for Amoco Production Company in Denver where she managed gas and oil field activities in northern Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. Maria’s many awards and recognitions include Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 500 List for Largest U.S. Hispanic Owned Companies for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006; the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Maxie Anderson Small Business Award for 2002; induction into the UNM Robert O. Anderson School of Management Hall of Fame for 2001 and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year award for 1999. She has served on the boards of the State of New Mexico Board of Finance, UNM Hospital Clinical Operations Board of Directors, UNM Anderson School National Advisory Board, Mountain States Insurance Board of Directors, NM Student Loans Guarantee Corporate Board of Directors, and the UNM Board of Regents. Most recently she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City Branch.
Eric Herrera is the founder and President of Blueprint, a financial and accounting business design firm. He has spent a lifetime funneling his energy into acquiring financial knowledge, building accounting systems, developing healthy teams, and revitalizing the financial blueprint of many New Mexico companies. Eric’s passion and unique skill contributed to his decision to start Blueprint, a firm rooted in financial intelligence and information technology—built to design, organize, and strengthen his client’s accounting and financial posture. Eric has a broad background in both private industry and public accounting. As a CPA, his 24 years of experience covers real estate and construction taxation and business planning, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning for closely held businesses and owners, and business entity selection. Eric has extensive experience with business structures including S corporations, C corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies (LLCs). His passion for client service has helped many businesses and business owners achieve their financial goals. Eric has published articles and delivered presentations on numerous tax topics; including real estate, federal tax updates, closely held business planning and the alternative minimum tax. Eric has been a servant leader in business circles and in the community involved in numerous Boards including the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Quality New Mexico, Bosque School, Manzano Day School, St. Pius X Foundation, Campfire USA, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. During his free time, you can find him with his family enjoying things like cooking, traveling, and enjoying the bosque.
Kellie Mixon is President and CEO of New Mexico Mutual, the state’s largest workers’ compensation insurance provider. Ms. Mixon has been with the company for 27 years serving in several senior leadership roles during her tenure. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University. As CEO, she is advancing the company’s legacy of innovation and providing service excellence for policyholders, workers, and agent partners.
The Los Alamos native was recognized as a 2019 Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First. She is a graduate of Leadership New Mexico and serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Central New Mexico, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, and the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF).
Jennifer Thomas recently retired as CEO of Bank of Albuquerque. Thomas joined Bank of Albuquerque in 2003 and was promoted to President in April 2008. Prior to becoming president, she was Executive Vice President and Market Executive for Bank of Albuquerque’s Wealth Management Group. Thomas has more than 30 years of banking experience. Her extensive background includes experience in commercial banking, credit administration and wealth management.
Thomas is a graduate of Texas Tech University. She received her master’s degree in business administration from West Texas A&M University. She is a founding board member of Albuquerque Forward Fund, a member of the board of directors for Albuquerque Economic Development and Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Thomas is past board chair of Albuquerque Community Foundation, CNM Foundation, Economic Forum and United Way of Central New Mexico.
She is a graduate of Leadership Albuquerque and Leadership New Mexico and is a past member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque. Thomas is a recipient of the YWCA Woman of the Move Award, was honored by the New Mexico Business Weekly as a Woman of Influence, recognized as a Top Performing CEO, and is an alumnus of the New Mexico Power Brokers.