ImageEmily Hohman, Executive Director: A native of Michigan, Emily Hohman has spent the last 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, bison grazing, 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. She is excited to join the CPLA team and work with the wonderful partners in the southern Colorado and northern New Mexico region.
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.
ImageEmily Olson, Stewardship Coordinator: Emily holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and a B.A. in International Studies from Oregon State University and earned her Master's in Education from Montana State University. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she first moved "out west" to Wyoming in 2001 and knew from that point on that she would prioritize living and working in large, open landscapes. She has spent the last 3 1/2 years at Mountain Studies Institute as the Education Director and her professional experience reflects a passion for building strong partnerships, developing programs, and working to make a meaningful difference for the health of the landscape, small communities, and people in the Four Corners. Emily’s favorite pastimes include playing with dirt and rocks in the San Juans with her son, playing the ukulele, mountain biking, nordic skiing, and making (and eating!) good food.
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.
ImageWill Donahoo, VISTA Volunteer (2016-2017): Will is an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer serving in a joint venture between the Chama Peak Land Alliance and the Bureau of Reclamation. Having received a B.A in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of New Mexico, Will has a background in Planning, Community Outreach and Natural Resource management. Growing up in Albuquerque, he has worked in northern New Mexico on identifying and engaging community resources to make meaningful, prolonged changes in individual’s lives. Will has a passion for water issues in the southwest and believes in raising awareness over the interdependence of human and natural systems. With a lifelong love of the outdoors, Will dedicates much of his time to hiking, cycling, landscape photography and gardening.
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.