Meet Our Team
Kristin Johnson » (Co-Founder) President, Qualifying Broker, RMP
Kristin grew up in Holbrook, AZ. She graduated with honors from the W.P. Carrey School of Business and the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. She also holds a post-graduate degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of San Diego. Kristin started her career in Real Estate over 10 years ago as a Senior Paralegal at a nationwide real estate investment firm. She has been a licensed Qualifying Broker in New Mexico since 2010, when she co-founded Independence Capital. Kristin is a Professional Member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), and has earned the designation of Residential Management Professional (RMP). She is also a Realtor with the National Association of Realtors. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys hiking, working in the yard, and playing with her family.
Shawn Johnson » (Co-Founder) Executive Vice President, Qualifying Broker, RMP
Shawn grew up in Aztec, NM. After completion of his Associates Degree from Glendale Community College, Shawn began flight school in Scottsdale, AZ. Shawn’s career as a helicopter pilot provided opportunities to fly internationally into Mexico, offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and as an EMS helicopter pilot. Shawn currently flies for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office as an instructor pilot in his spare time. Shawn began his career in Real Estate in 2013, but has been investing in Real Estate for over 10 years. Shawn is currently a Professional Member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), and has earned his Residential Management Professional (RMP) designation. In 2017, he will be serving as the NARPM Albuquerque Metro Chapter President. Shawn enjoys golf, baseball, hunting and fishing.
Robbie Donald » Lead Property Manager, Associate Broker
Robbie was born and raised in Farmington, NM. He received his degree in Nursing from San Juan College. He worked as a registered nurse for 9 years, and as a flight nurse for 7. Robbie began his career in Real Estate in 2014. Robbie is a Professional Member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). In his spare time, he enjoys racing dirt bikes, snow skiing and spending time with his family.
Brittany Haskill » Property Manager, Associate Broker
Brittany grew up in Gallup, NM. She graduated from Gallup High School in 2008. Brittany attended college at UNM Gallup and later transferred to San Juan College in Farmington, NM, joining the Veterinary Technology program. Brittany worked as a Veterinary Assistant at a local vet clinic for 3 years before discovering a passion for Real Estate and seeking a job at Independence Capital in late 2014. Brittany plans to keep learning all she can about Real Estate and grow with Independence Capital. Brittany is a Professional Member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM).
Jasmine Peña » Property Manager, Associate Broker
Jasmine was born and raised in Farmington, NM. She graduated from Farmington High School and attended San Juan College. She started her career at Independence Capital as a Receptionist in early 2015. It was in this role that she found her niche in Real Estate, and later became a licensed Associate Broker. Real Estate has become her passion, and she is excited to learn all she can about her profession. Jasmine is currently a Professional Member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with family.
Leslie van Belle » Property Manager, Associate Broker
Leslie grew up in Albuquerque, NM, and went to college in Durango, CO before settling in the Farmington/Aztec area in 2006. Much of her time here has been spent raising a family and enjoying all the things this area has to offer. She most recently worked as an Associate Broker at a highly regarded Real Estate firm before taking the leap into Property Management with Independence Capital. Leslie is currently a Professional Member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). She really enjoys all aspects of Real Estate, and has a passion for helping people.
Kristina Maes » Leasing Manager, Associate Broker
Kristina grew up in Southern Wyoming. She has worked in real estate related fields since 2001, serving as an Escrow & Title Officer and Real Property Appraiser. Kristina has always had a passion for all things real estate, and upon moving to New Mexico, obtained her New Mexico Associate Broker’s License. She began work with Independence Capital in 2016, and is excited to be working toward her NARPM designations. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys painting landscapes, crafting jewelry, hiking, horseback riding and spending time with family.
Kim Bement » Controller
Kim grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from Northglenn Senior High School in Northglenn, Colorado. Kim enjoyed a career in automotive dealership service departments for 25 years. She switched careers in 2008 to become an Accountant for Weststar Property Management in Denver, Colorado, where she handled commercial real estate properties. Kim relocated to Farmington, NM in 2015 to start the next chapter in her career as a Controller for Independence Capital Property Management. In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and 3 dogs.
Dezmey Tafoya » Maintenance Coordinator
Dezmey was born in Las Vegas, NV and raised in Farmington, NM. She attended Farmington High and was a Farmington High School Cheerleader. Dezmey brings her spirit and high energy to Independence Capital. She plans on taking her education a step further by joining the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM) and getting her designation as a Certified Maintenance Coordinator (CMC). In her free time, she loves spending time with family, crafting, and watching football. One of her goals is to travel the world.
Ashley Booth » Receptionist
Ashley grew up in Montana and later moved to Arizona to continue schooling. She attended the Art Institute of Phoenix and studied Culinary Arts. Ashley worked in the banking industry for some time before finding Independence Capital. In her role as Receptionist, she's able to embrace her passion for customer service. She plans on growing with the company and has an interest in Property Management. In her spare time, Ashley likes to ride and build motorcycles with her husband, cook, and spend quality time with family.