ImageEmily Hohman, Executive Director: A native of Michigan, Emily Hohman spent ten years as a land manager with The Nature Conservancy, the first four years in Michigan and then for six years in Iowa. Emily earned a Masters of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and has a background in land stewardship, including invasive species, grazing management, and prescribed fire management. She also has experience working with partners across ownership boundaries, including with private landowners, to facilitate cooperative fire management. In her spare time Emily enjoys kayaking/canoeing, cross-country skiing, and hunting and fishing. Emily serves on the Board of the New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council.
ImageScott Ishihara, Business Administrator (Santa Fe): Scott was born in Australia to American parents, which has given him the gift of dual citizenship. Scott grew up in rural northern California and drove a tractor in the pear orchards as a summer job. He was frequently camping and fishing in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his family during his childhood. He attended UCLA and earned a degree in Communication Studies, and then helped his partner Lauri run her healing arts studio for 5 years. Scott’s interest and passion in giving back to the land and his community through stewardship and conservation has been steadily growing since moving to New Mexico. He is currently experimenting with regenerative and sustainable land practices on two acres in the small community of Chupadero, where he also serves as the treasurer on the acequia commission.
ImageBetty Shahan, Field Representative: Betty serves as the Field Representative for CPLA in Chromo, CO. Betty was born and raised in Archuleta County. She has been involved in ranching all of her life. Betty has lived and worked on her ranch since 1956 and uses Holistic Ranch Management. Betty loves the land and her cows, as well as all wildlife. She feels a responsibility for the well-being of the land and wildlife and manages her ranch for their use as well as the cows. Betty’s ultimate goal is to leave her ranch better than when she got it and she works towards that goal as long as she can.
ImageEmma Kelly, VISTA Volunteer (2017-2018): Emma is an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer serving in a joint venture between the Chama Peak Land Alliance and the Bureau of Reclamation. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and grew up camping, hiking, skiing, and enjoying northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. She received her B.A. In Political Science and Environmental Studies from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where her senior thesis work focused on watershed health and storm water management. Emma is interested in community organizing around environmental issues and is excited for her year with the CPLA.