Billy Knight: Born and raised in Taos, Billy is an active community member serving on numerous boards. He is currently board member of Taos Community Foundation Board and chairs their investment committee. Past director positions include the Taos Center for the Arts, SOMOS, and the New Mexico Small Business Investment Corporation (SBIC). Billy is a wealth management adviser who owns an independent investment advisory firm, Knight Financial Limited in Taos since 1993.
A community activist who enjoys a little skiing and fly-fishing when time allows. Married to high school sweetheart, Lynn. They have two adult sons, Jason and Jaime and a lovely granddaughter, Rydell.
Jon Mudder: Jon serves as Treasurer on RMYC’s Board of Directors. He earned his BS in Finance from Arizona State University and MBA in Finance from Columbia University. His career in banking spanned some 20 years, including Vice President of First Interstate Bank, Associate at Deutsche Bank, Vice President of Prudential Securities, Director of CIBC World Markets, and Managing Director at the Nasdaq Stock Market.
He left Wall Street to open his own successful restaurant in New York City for six years. For the past six years, Jon has been Food and Beverage Director and Executive Chef at The Blonde Bear Tavern and Café Naranja, both located with the Edelweiss Lodge & Spa in Taos Ski Valley.
“I’ve always believed in giving back to the community and especially enjoy working with organizations that help young people.” Other organizations Jon has been involved with include President of the Alumni Association of ASU’s Business School., Men’s Arts Counsel of Phoenix, and ASU’s Business School’s Dean’s Council of 100.
Pascualito Maestas: Pascual graduated from Taos High School in 2005. During his senior year, he served a term of service with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ After School Tutoring program where he tutored several local elementary youth. Following graduation and a summer term of service on a field crew in Bandelier, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After an Honorable Discharge, Pascual earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and International Studies from the University of South Florida in 2011.
He returned to Taos and served a third term of service with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Community Health Crew working with local organizations to reduce substance abuse. He was then employed as a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) supervisor, a coordinator with RMYC’s Energy Efficiency Program, YCC coordinator, and finally Learning Lab teacher where he earned a secondary teaching license with endorsements in mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. Pascual was elected to the Board of RMYC in the fall of 2016, and is currently in his second year of teaching Calculus and Algebra II at Taos High School.
Julie Gray: Julie has been a social worker for 28 year. She is presently employed by Taos Municipal Schools as a School Social Worker. Her career includes work in the child welfare system, as a hospital social worker, in the juvenile justice system, adoptions and in school social work. She is a board member of Bridges Project for education and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Julie is pleased to be ableto give back to the Taos community by serving the children, youth and families of Taos and surrounding areas.
Mike Velarde: Mike graduated from Taos High School in 2000. With the assistance from the Bridges Project For Education Mike was a recipient of two scholarships, Taos Auto Enthusiasts, and the Joe Gibbs Scholarship by placing the 3rd highest score in the nation on the entrance exam to the Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix Arizona. Mike graduated college 4.0 on the directors honors list receiving an Associates in Occupational Studies degree for Heating / Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology. Mike tutored Bilingual Spanish speaking students in college assisting them in a successful graduation. Mike repaired appliances with his family business, “Mike’s Appliance” for 15 years before finding passion working at Rio Grande Ace Hardware the helpful place. Mike is currently the store manager at Ace Hardware and oversees store operations and supervises 65+ employees.
The mission of the RMYC aligns with Mike’s mission in life and that is to help empower the youth of Taos county. Mike is on a mission to help Taos youth succeed and prepare them to enter the workforce confidently. Several of associates along with mike started Taos Youth leadership initiative which is focused on giving youth resume building skills and job interviewing tips as well as what to expect once they do get a job.
Doug Thiesen: Born in 1952 and raised on a farm in northwest Iowa, Doug attended the University of Iowa, where he obtained both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Juris Doctorate. After law school, he joined the Air Force and practiced general civil law, served as a criminal prosecutor and was an Area Defense Counsel. Following active duty, he was hired as an AF civilian attorney at Norton AFB in southern California, where he practiced labor law, environmental law and contract law. In 1989, he moved to Albuquerque and began working as a federal civilian attorney on Kirtland AFB until he retired in 2013. Since retirement, he has devoted a good deal of his time to family and personal business matters. He has volunteered with the NM Technology Research Collaborative, the NM Volunteers for the Outdoors, Friends of the Sandia Mountains and Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, and the Popejoy Ambassadors Program and a church sponsored food distribution program. He is married to an AF officer and has two adult daughters.