The East Mountain High School Governing Council is the legal authority for the school and equivalent to the school board of a traditional public school. Monthly meetings dealing with school business and educational topics are held as announced at 6:00pm in the Conference Room, located in Building 2 on the EMHS campus. The Governing Council adheres to the New Mexico Open Meetings Act and members of the public are invited to attend the meetings of the Council at all times except when in closed session as permitted by law.

Governing Council Members:

Floyd Wilson, Chair

Floyd Wilson is the Chair of the Governing Council. An attorney with the Albuquerque law firm of Myers, Oliver & Price, Wilson has practiced law in New Mexico for 38 years. He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of New Mexico, and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Floyd has served on the East Mountain High School Governing Council since 2010, and has also served on the Board of Directors of other area non-profits, including First Choice Community Healthcare, ARCA and The Samaritan Counseling Center. Floyd and his wife, Peggy, have lived in the East Mountains since 2008.


Merritt Hamilton Allen

Merritt Hamilton Allen is the owner and founder of Vox Optima, a veteran-owned public relations firm which has secured over $12 million in federal government contracts over the past nine years. She also owns Omnivox Consulting, which was awarded an $11 million contract to oversee the development and delivery of medical technologies that will help the military treat and prevent injuries from roadside bombs. Allen, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, began her career as a Navy public affairs officer and led Department of the Navy communication strategy for environmental, personnel, medical and acquisition efforts. In 2012, Allen was honored as a Women of Influence by the New Mexico Business Weekly and a top-performing media and marketing CEO in New Mexico in 2013 by New Mexico Business First. She was also recognized New Mexico Veteran’s Business Champion by the Small Business Administration in 2008. Allen currently lives with her husband, Darrell, in Tijeras.


Dennis Hodges

Dennis Hodges has served on the East Mountain High School Governing Council since January 2004. He received a BA and MA from Humboldt State University in California and served as the Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of New Mexico and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, between 1970 and 1980. He retired from the State Farm Insurance Company after twenty-eight years as an Agency Field Executive, recruiting and training new agents and managing the Bernalillo County marketplace for positive growth and profit.


Lieutenant General Bradley C. Hosmer

Lieutenant General Bradley C. Hosmer chairs the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Services Corporation. He is also a Regent of the University of New Mexico and a Director on the Board of the New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He has been a private consultant to the Department of Defense and industry since his retirement from the Air Force in June 1994. His work with the Air Force since 1994 includes advising the Air Force Long Range Planning staff of 1995, which led to institutional change in the Air Force; and chairing the Air Force Commission on Organizational Evaluation and Awards – which led to the Air Force Strategic Plan and substantial change in the evaluation of operational effectiveness. Since retirement from the Air Force he has also chaired or manned public and private special advisory councils, including the Governing Council of East Mountain High School.


Aaron Kaufman

Aaron Kaufman is a licensed osteopathic family physician who owns and operates the Southwest Integrative Medical Clinic in Albuquerque. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Department of Family Practice. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a D.O. from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He is a current board member of the New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association. Aaron’s daughters Georgia, ’11 and Caroline, ’12 are both graduates of East Mountain High School, while Sarah, ’16 is a current student.


Sylvia Kelly

Sylvia Kelly currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, an 87 bed acute medical rehabilitation hospital with gross revenues of $35 million and over 250 employees. She is also the 2011 – 2012 chair of the New Mexico Hospital Association. Before moving to New Mexico, Sylvia served as the Chief Operating Officers of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the Centinela Hospital Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Case-Western Reserve University and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University. Sylvia is married to Michael Kelly, who is a retired hospital CEO and an Emeritus Member of the East Mountain High School Foundation. Their son, Jake, is an EMHS student. They also have a son in Boise, Idaho and a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren living in Los Angeles.


Peter Nyland

Peter Nyland has been a member of the East Mountain High School Governing Council since 2014. Before that, he was a member of the East Mountain High School Foundation Board of Directors. Peter is the Senior Vice President of Asset Management for Sabra Health Care REIT, and previously held a similar position with Sun Healthcare, a 1.8 billion dollar public company. He graduated from State University of New York- Utica with a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. Peter has been a resident of New Mexico since 2002. He and his wife Valerie have two sons, Peter and Quinter, both graduates of East Mountain High School.


Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson is the Director of Hospice and Hospital at Home for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and is currently working on a Masters in Business Administration. Karen and her husband Tom have a daughter living in Des Moines and a son who is a graduate of East Mountain High School. He graduated from New Mexico State University and will be attending law school in the fall of 2012. Karen serves on the Board of Directors of the Red Cross New Mexico. is a licensed osteopathic family physician who owns and operates the Southwest Integrative Medical Clinic in Albuquerque. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Department of Family Practice. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a D.O. from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He is a current board member of the New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association. Aaron’s daughters Georgia, ’11 and Caroline, ’12 are both graduates of East Mountain High School, while Sarah, ’16 is a current student.


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Past Governing Council Members

East Mountain High School would like to thank everyone who has served on the Governing Council since the school was founded in 1999. Your service is invaluable and has helped shape EMHS into the successful school it is today.

  • Jim Aubert
  • Karen Baker-Jepsen
  • Elveta Bishop
  • Cathy Bruner
  • Melvin Christopher
  • Fred Corbalis
  • Russ Cummins
  • Carol Dorwart
  • Gary Douglas
  • Amie Duran
  • Peter Eissele
  • Gloria Fitch-Chavez
  • Yolanda Gallegos
  • Valinda Gorder
  • Ron Greenwell
  • Lori Harris
  • Amy Headrick-McClish
  • Jim Healy
  • Carole Hedden
  • Lawrence Jiron
  • John Jones
  • Marguerite Kaminski
  • Matt Lavery
  • Jane Ann Lunn
  • Rick Mather
  • Amy McCall
  • Bill Nickell
  • Lisa Quick
  • Bill Raynovich
  • Mark Robbins
  • Al Rodney
  • Tim Schneeberger
  • David Walter
  • Sue Wilson Beffort