Meet the Board:
Dave Rightley, Board Chair: Dave joins the Board of Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance. He recently retired as Vice President from Exponential Engineering Co. and plans to start or join a new engineering business to provide consulting services related to electrical power to clients such as utilities and large power users. He has technical understanding of the Empire Electric and Kinder-Morgan systems within and adjacent to CANM. Dave has hiked around Canyons of the Ancients National Monument for over 30 years and desires to maintain the the cultural and scenic values of the outstanding National Monument here within Southwest Colorado through public education and outreach.
Don Hoffheins, Board Vice-Chair: Don Retired in 2018 with almost 42 years of land management experience. He had almost 25 years with USDA Forest Service and almost 16 years with USDI Bureau of Land Management. He started his career as a Soil Scientist with the Forest Service. He gradually moved from soils into natural resource planning focused on recreation, lands and timber management. Recreation planning took him to Oregon where he spent five more years with the Forest Service. A career change came in 2001 when he moved to the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon as an Environmental Coordinator. He moved into supervision and management which eventually brought him to southeast Utah as a Field Manager which included working on the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument. One of Don’s passions is Family! Married in 1980 to wife Nancy they have three children born in Colorado but all still live in Oregon. Don’s volunteer work started as a way to be involved with mentoring children as a High School Track Coach and through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Once his and Nancy’s kids were born they both stayed involved in their activities by being Youth Soccer & Baseball Coaches, Cub Scout Den Leaders, and Odyssey of the Mind Team Coordinators. Don believes in being involved with his communities and has held numerous roles in Rotary Club including President, County Trails Advisory Committee Chairman, Church Trustees Chairman, Combined Federal Campaign Pledge Coordinator and United Way Fund Distribution Coordinator. Outdoor exploration is another passion focused on hiking, biking and skiing. He has volunteered for many National Trails Day and National Public Lands day projects and was a leader on the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce Trail Guide development, San Juan Mountains Association Trail Guide development, and Klamath Trails Committee Trail Development and Maintenance. Most recently he has been involved with Mancos Trails Group for Trail Development and Maintenance and has joined Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance to help promote land stewardship.
Mary Mundahl-New, Board Member-at-large:
Diane McBride, Associate Director: Diane has been intimately involved in SCCA since its inception. She is delighted to have the opportunity to work with this exceptional Board of Directors and, especially, her Assistant Director as SCCA moves forward in assisting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Visitor Center and Museum with their many good works in protecting this fragile landscape for future generations. As an educator for many years, she initially taught dance and drama while performing professionally, then taught elementary school for 15 years. She directed the education programs at the Anasazi Heritage Center for 10 years and has managed the Cultural Site Stewardship Program for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument since 2010. You can always find her with her husband and best friend Bob and their two doggie-kids as they hike the public lands of the Southwest or record cultural resources for private landowners. This masterful landscape has drawn many of us here and, together, we will work to protect it.
Shaine Gans, Executive Director: After studying cultural anthropology at Wesleyan University and working on archaeology projects in southern Oregon and Israel, Shaine journeyed to the Southwest for the first time over 20 years ago. Drawn here initially by a curiosity to see ancient cliff dwellings and rock art firsthand, she found a great reason to stay when offered an opportunity to work as a curation and interpretation intern and then contractor at what is now the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum. Inspired to pursue a career in museum work she briefly left the area to obtain a master’s degree in museology from the University of Washington. Unable to keep herself away from the Four Corners, she returned here to work for more than 6 years as an educator at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. During this time, she and her husband built a straw-bale, adobe house on the mesa just outside of Dolores. With the addition of two children, roots in this area deepened even more. She and her family love to adventure as much as possible by exploring the canyons of southern Colorado and Utah, floating down our local rivers in their big orange raft, or hiking trails through our beautiful San Juan National Forest. When given a moment for self-preservation you might find Shaine trail running or practicing yoga with friends. She is grateful for the abundance of public lands in her backyard. Most of all, she is committed to extending opportunities for the public to experience these incredible places and inspiring the next generation to become passionate stewards of this area’s unique natural and cultural resources.