Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Kristin Johnson » (Co-Founder) President, Qualifying Broker, RMP​
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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.
505.427.3434 Ext. 1009
Shawn Johnson » (Co-Founder) Executive Vice President, Associate Broker, RMP​
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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 since 2004. Shawn is currently a Professional Member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), and has earned his Residential Management Professional (RMP) designation. He is currently working to earn his Master Property Manager (MPM) designation in hopes for completing in late summer 2018. He also served as the NARPM Albuquerque Metro Chapter President 2017. Shawn enjoys golf, baseball, hunting and fishing.
505.427.3434 Ext. 1010

Farmington Team

Jasmine Peña » Property Manager, Associate Broker​
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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.
505.427.3434 Ext. 1003
Leslie van Belle » Property Manager, Associate Broker​
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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.
505.427.3434 Ext. 1013
Kristina Maes » Leasing Manager, Associate Broker
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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.
505.427.3434 Ext. 1011

Flagstaff Team

Lauren Brooks » Property Manager​
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Lauren grew up in Holbrook, AZ. She attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM for Hospitality Management. Lauren moved back to Flagstaff in 2013 where she was hired at the local hospital to work on process improvement initiatives with the private physician practices in town. She made the jump into Real Estate and got her license in 2017. She is the first Property Manager at our recently opened Flagstaff location, and she is excited to the get the business up and going. Lauren enjoys hiking, hunting, camping, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.

Administrative Team

Kim Bement » Controller​
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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.
505.427.3434 Ext. 1008
Dezmey Tafoya » Assistant Property Manager
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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.
505.427.3434 Ext. 1001
Alyssa Saunders » Assistant Property Manager
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Alyssa grew up in Las Cruces NM. Graduated from Oñate High School then went on to continue her education at Dona Ana Community College where she obtained her Associates Degree in Business Management. She plans on continuing her education by joining the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM) and getting her designation as a Certified Support Specialist (CSS). Then eventually obtaining her Associate Brokers License. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her four dogs.
Veronica Mendez » Director of First Impressions
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Veronica was born and raised in the Chicago and Cicero, Illinois areas where she graduated from J. Sterling Morton East High School with college credits. She went on to continue her studies in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where she taught English and other subjects at elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels for many years. She also worked the reception area in a very popular beach resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Veronica began her career in Real Estate with Independence Capital in 2017, and is looking forward to learning all she can about property management and growing with the company. For leisure, she enjoys spending time with her family and four children, reading, movies, traveling, learning and meeting new people.
Kristian Muñoz » Director of First Impressions
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Kristian was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. At the age of 7, he and his mother immigrated to the United States, making home in California. He attended and graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, CA. He also began working at a young age to help his mother with the bills. He worked as a school bus driver for the Los Angeles Unified School District for many years before discovering that his passions were in helping others and investments. He joined the Independence Capital team in 2017 where he hopes to grow with the company and become an important asset for the future. In his spare time, he enjoys playing football, weight lifting, kickboxing and spending time with his family.
Juan Cabrera » Maintenance Coordinator
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Juan grew up in Southern California where he attended high school and Los Angeles Valley College. Growing up Juan was always involved in the kitchen. His love for cooking grew working alongside his mother at home and with his father in a family-owned Italian restaurant. He has also worked in several areas of construction, as well as sales and customer service. Working in these very different fields has helped him become a person with a profound sense of knowledge and a high focus on customer relations. Juan is a family man who enjoys cooking, but only for his loved ones. He is a huge fan of books, especially suspense novels by Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Steven King and Paolo Coehlo. Juan loves anything outdoors, including hiking, fishing, camping, surfing and snowboarding. He focuses on teaching his daughters to love and respect the outdoors and encourages them to get in touch with their wild side. Juan is currently working on obtaining his Cisco certification in system (IT) management; something he has been encouraged to do by his brother who is currently serving our country in the US Marine Corps (a true Patriot!). What else can he say… he loves his family, his job and the people he works with!

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