Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Kristin Johnson » (Co-Founder) President, Qualifying Broker, RMP​, MPM
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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 in 2002, working 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. Kristin serves on the Property Management Advisory Committee for the New Mexico Real Estate Commission, and is the 2018 NARPM Regional Vice President Ambassador for the Southwest Region. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys hiking, working in the yard, and playing with her family. Her most recent passion has been expanding the company to Arizona.
Shawn Johnson » (Co-Founder) Executive Vice President, Associate Broker, RMP​, MPM
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Shawn grew up in Aztec, NM. After completion of his Associates’s Degree from Glendale Community College, Shawn began flight school in Scottsdale, AZ and is a rated helicopter pilot. Shawn began investing in real estate in 2003. Since then he has earned his Master Property Manager (MPM) and Residential Management Professional (RMP) designations from the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). Holding the MPM designation puts Shawn amongst only 1% of all property managers who hold this prestigious accomplishment. Being a Professional Member of NARPM, Shawn is also involved at the local (NM) and National level for Governmental Affairs that works to better the industry and environment for landlords and investors. Shawn has served as the Albuquerque Metro NARPM Chapter President for 2017 and is still very involved in the Chapter’s success. Shawn furthermore, is an approved Uniform Owner Resident Relations Act (UORRA) Instructor for the state of New Mexico. Shawn enjoys spending time with his two kids, golf, baseball, hunting, and fishing.
Jasmine Peña » Operations 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.
Direct: 505.516.3192 Jasmine@icpmrentsmart.com
Misty Arneson » Business Development Manager ​
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Misty grew up in Aztec, NM. After graduating from Aztec High School, she moved to Phoenix, AZ. This is where she has made her home with her husband and their two children. Misty brings over 20 years of customer service experience, including 10 years with Costco and 15 years of owning her own business. She was most recently employed in the mortgage industry working for the largest home builder in the country. This is where she found her passion for the Real Estate industry. She obtained her Arizona Real Estate License in 2019 and is actively working toward her New Mexico Associate Brokers License. Misty enjoys spending time with her family and friends, serving in her community, and meeting new people.
Direct: 928.779.9100 or 505.716.4242 Misty@icpmrentsmart.com

Meet The Team

Dezmey Tafoya » Leasing 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.
Direct: 505.516.3184 Dezmey@icpmrentsmart.com
Amanda Bryant » Field Agent
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Amanda was raised in Aztec, NM. She graduated from Piedra Vista High School and attended San Juan College. She wants to continue her education and learning in real estate, in hopes to grow with the company. She enjoys spending time with her family and son doing various activities such as fishing, traveling, and camping.
Direct: 505.436.3686 Amanda@icpmrentsmart.com
Leslie van Belle » Client Relations 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.
Direct: 505.886.2240 Leslie@icpmrentsmart.com
Lauren Brooks » Client Relations Coordinator
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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.
Direct: 928.226.3147 Lauren@icpmrentsmart.com
Alyssa Saunders » Resident Relations Manager
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Alyssa grew up in Las Cruces NM, where she graduated from Oñate High School. She 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). She also plans to eventually obtain her New Mexico Associate Brokers License. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her four dogs.
Direct: 505.516.3134 Alyssa@icpmrentsmart.com
Veronica Mendez » Resident Relations Coordinator
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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.
Direct: 505.436.3763 Veronica@icpmrentsmart.com
Kristian Muñoz » Resident Relations Coordinator
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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.
Direct: 505.436.3496 Kristian@icpmrentsmart.com

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