Board of Directors
Michael Soto is an English professor at Trinity University, where he teaches courses on American literature and cultural history. He has published four books and is completing another, on the Harlem Renaissance.
Clarice Golightly-Jenkins currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing, where she helps prepare the next generation of professional nurses pursuing masters and doctoral education for leadership roles in advanced clinical and executive nursing practice. Her creative spheres include teaching Visual Thinking Strategies through Art and Film to interprofessional health care professionals, and contemplating writing a novel for her granddaughters.
Erik Aagaard was born in Kenya, East Africa to Norwegian parents. He is certain there is a novel waiting to be written there, but his chosen creative outlet is photography! He moved to Central Texas with his family at the age of nine and earned a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. from Texas Tech University. Mr. Aagaard works as a Certified Financial Planner with The Trust Company.
Christy McCoy currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Lone Star Capital Bank, N.A.
Suhail Arastu was raised in San Antonio and studied Neurobiology & Classics at The University of California, Berkeley where he competed as an NCAA gymnast. In Philadelphia he continued research and began graduate studies before moving to a small Japanese mountain village for a year of contemplation, deep sea fishing, hiking, skiing and teaching. He then travelled the world by ship under the auspices of the United Nations Economic & Social Council before returning home in 2008. Suhail now serves as a Trustee of The Mind Science Foundation and works as the Development Director for Musical Bridges Around the World. He is the Arts & Culture Chair for Anuja San Antonio, the organization which manages our Sister City Relations with Chennai, India.
Sheila Black (Ex officio), is the author of two full-length poetry collections House of Bone and Love/Iraq (both CW Press) and two chapbooks–How to be a Maquiladora (Main Street Rag) and Continental Drift (Patriothall Gallery, UK) with painter Michele Marcoux. She recently co-edited with poets Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press), which was named a Notable Book for 2012 by the American Library Association (ALA). A third collection Wen Kroy is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press where it received the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry. She is a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry, selected by US Poet Laureate Philip Levine.
Eusebio Diaz is a fourth generation South Texan, having been born and raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas. He received a B.A. And M.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is currently the Vice President of Programs for the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. Today, he resides in Helotes, Texas with his wife, two children and four cats.
Rachel Hollon is a writer and producer who is working to complete her first novel, while working as a news producer. She has worked with The San Antonio Spurs “Silver and Black Give Back,” as a member of the Mayor’s Health and Fitness council, and contributes to the Public Library Foundation’s “Great Books Seminars.” Ms. Hollon produced the Independent feature Son of Morning, starring Danny Glover and Heather Graham, and the HBO pilot Dak Tandy’s among other projects. Rachel has her B.F.A. in Theater from Baylor University, and her Masters of Literature from St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Bonnie Lyons retired in May 2014 with emeritus status from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has published a critical work on Henry Roth, Henry Roth, the Man and His Work, as well as a book of literary interviews with contemporary fiction writers. She has also published two full-length books of poetry: In Other Words (Pecan Grove, 2004) and Bedrock (Pecan Grove, 2011) and three chapbooks: Hineni, Meanwhile, and So Far (Finishing Line Press, 2003, 2005, 2015). Her current project is WOW: Wonderful Old Women, a book of interviews with San Antonio women over 80.
Paul Martin began his investment career with Merrill Lynch and then Oppenheimer & Co. in New York City from 1985 to 1989. Since then he has been the managing partner and chief investment officer of Martin Capital Advisors, LLP, a registered investment advisor with offices in Austin and San Antonio. Mr. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1980 and is an active supporter of the college.
Erin Mulkey Ryley
Erin Mulkey Ryley was raised in San Antonio and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. In college, she was a member of the Harvard Women’s Swimming and Diving team. Currently, Erin works in marketing at Rackspace.
Clytie Phelps is a graduate from UT–Austin, Clytie has taught middle school English and Social Studies in the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), and Adult Education in the Northeast Independent School District (NEISD). She has also worked at Good Samaritan Community Services in their GED program. She currently spends much of her time as a community volunteer.
John Phillip Santos
John Phillip Santos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is a freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist, author and in 1979 became the first Mexican-American Rhodes Scholar. In 1997, Santos joined the Ford Foundation as an officer in the Media, Arts and Culture Program. He lived in New York City for twenty years, returning to San Antonio in May 2005. He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets’ Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for fiction, and the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. His family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Currently, Santos is University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies Honors College at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Josie Seeligson earned a B.S. from Vanderbilt University and and an M.A. in Journalism from U.T. Austin. She has worked as a freelance journalist, copy writer/editor, photographer and marketer for publications, ad agencies, artists and corporations. Her work has appeared in the San Antonio Current, Austin Monthly, Texas Monthly, Perla, SA Homes & Gardens, Analecta Literary Journal and various business marketing materials. She served as marketing director for Gemini Ink for several years before stepping down to raise oak trees at Pajarito Tree Farm. She joined Gemini Ink’s board in 2011.
Burgin Streetman is the marketing manager for Trinity University Press. She is also a writer and the author of the children’s lit blog Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves.