The Board of Directors is comprised of long-time residents, scientists, business owners and active environmental stewards. Board Committees in the areas of Finance, Projects, Membership and Fundraising assist staff by holding regular meetings with goals and timelines. The Board also meets as a whole on a monthly basis.
Dan Haas, President
After living for 13 years in Los Angeles, working as a cinematographer in the film and tv business, Dan left the beach and the traffic for the fresh air and serenity of the Tahoe-Truckee region. He is currently working as a professional travel and lifestyle photographer. Dan currently serves on the board of the Red Tab Foundation and jumped at the chance to be on the MAP board. Dan cares deeply for the mountains and the place he calls home and believes MAP to be at the forefront of protecting the Tahoe/Truckee region for current and future generations to enjoy.
Dan is an avid skier, mountain biker, water skier and when not out on the trails of Tahoe, can usually be found traveling the West with his camera and dog, Maggie.
Ben Trustman, Vice President
Ben has lived in Truckee since he was six years old. He has a BS in ecohydrology and an MS in hydrology. Ben currently works for Balance Hydrologics in Truckee, CA. Ben has lived in the community for over 30 years and has seen Truckee go through many changes. Having knowledge of ecosystem services and mountain hydrology, as well as living in the area gives Ben a unique perspective on the community, the region and need for MAP’s mission. “I am happy to be a part of an organization that’s goal is to protect the beautiful environment in which I grew up and have chosen to live and raise my family in”.
Lisa Holan, Secretary
Lisa Holan grew up in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Truckee in 2000 after completing her Master’s degree in Ecology. Following graduate school, Lisa traveled around Asia for several months then settled in tiny Bear Valley, CA, working as a climbing instructor for the summer. Her (now) husband Jan (“Yan”) was determined to keep her here by instilling a love of the Sierra, and they climbed, skied, hiked, biked, swam and camped all over the Tahoe basin and east side of the Sierra. It worked: after teaching several semesters at Sierra Nevada College, Lisa now works as an aquatic ecologist at UNR, and is currently introducing their 9-year-old son to all the activities and places she loves in the Sierra. Her favorite place of all is a stretch of the Truckee River, a few minutes walk from the back of their house, that Lisa has visited almost daily in all seasons for the last decade with her husband, and dog and now her son.
She is pleased to join MAP and have a concrete way to help protect the cherished natural places in our community and promote smart development.
David Manahan, Director
David Manahan spent much of his childhood in southern Minnesota, with interludes in Hawaii. After obtaining degrees in Biology and Geography and an MS in Experiential Education, Mr. Manahan spent several years researching forests and teaching in northern Minnesota and teaching elementary school in Saipan before settling in the North Tahoe area in 1997 to raise a family. He worked in Teacher Education at Sierra Nevada College before moving to Davis to complete a Ph.D. in Geography/Education in 2006. During his time in Davis, Mr. Manahan taught Geography and Environmental Science courses at Sacramento State University and American River College. From 2008-10, the family moved to tropical Australia where Mr. Manahan taught the socio-economics of NE Queensland rainforests at a university field site. During this time, he also led research on land use, water quality, and restoration, and eventually moved into program Director. In 2010 the family returned to Truckee as Mr. Manahan opened a K-8 charter school, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School. Mr. Manahan loves his current position as Director/Principal and is proud of the school’s accomplishments. During his free time, Mr. Manahan spends time with family traveling around the western US, surfing in Santa Cruz, staying outdoors hiking and playing with their three dogs, and curling up with books and games in front of the fire.
Kristen Newton, Director
Kristen is a passionate advocate of MAP’s mission to preserve and protect our beautiful Truckee-Tahoe area and collaborate on responsible land use. As a resident in the North Lake Tahoe area for over 35 years, Kristen feels it is her duty to actively help safeguard this unique and precious environment for all families to enjoy.
Kristen is a Registered Investment Advisor at Fourstar Wealth and a candidate for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation. Kristen enjoys guest speaking on the subjects of Women in Investing, Impact Investing and Economic Innovation in Opportunity Zones. Kristen also volunteers for Junior Achievement, teaching kids K-12 Global Economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy skills and community engagement.
Currently, Kristen sits on the advisory board for the Urban Lotus Project, which brings yoga and meditation to at-risk and underserved teens. She helps bring in corporate sponsorship for the organization. She is a member of the National Charity League Sierra Nevada Chapter which is a mother-daughter philanthropic organization with a vision to develop strong women leaders serving and impacting communities. Kristen and her oldest daughter volunteer for numerous non-profits around the Tahoe/Truckee/Reno area through NCL. Recently, Kristen sat on the board for We Are Change Makers which is an annual summit benefitting Zawadisha, a micro-lending and financial literacy social enterprise for rural Kenyan woman.
Kristen has two teenage girls, Ann and Vivian. Being a role model for them is her highest priority. She loves all the activities in the Tahoe/Truckee area, especially skiing, backpacking, hiking and water skiing. She also enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family in Hawaii.