Our Staff

Michael Paxson:  Michael is CNMA’s executive director.  He has spent 30+ years working in the hospitality/restaurant industry in Texas and Florida including working as a Sous Chef at the four star rated Café Pacific in Dallas.   He was the in house catering director and food service manager for Neiman Marcus’s Zodiac Room and Mermaid Bar in Dallas.  More recently he spent 7 years as the Operations Manager for Talon Wine Brands in Palisade, responsible for the day to day operations for Talon Winery, St. Kathryn Cellars and the Meadery of the Rockies.  Michael and his family have resided for almost 9 years in Grand Junction, the hometown of his wife, Terri. They have two awesome boys, MacGregor 16 and Beckett 13, and all enjoy spending time together whether it be biking, hiking, skiing or spending time at the family hideout in Lake City, high in the San Juan Mountains.  Michael and Terri also have a passion for renovating and flipping houses.


Linda Saturno: Linda is originally from Connecticut, but spent sixteen years living on the east coast of Florida. She relocated to Colorado in 2016 and joined the CNMA staff as office manager and buyer. Her varied experience includes four years as office manager and accountant for a regional health department, nine years as controller for a defense subcontractor, three years as an accountant for a manufacturer of gaming printers, and six years as accountant and employee resource manager for a theater that produces Broadway shows. She is enjoying the beauty of Colorado and learning about the area. Linda is lives in Grand Junction with her Cojack, Madeleine and Calico cat, Callie.


Desirée Drane-Davison: Desirée is the Membership Coordinator for CNMA. From Gillette, Wyoming she has worked as a seasonal in fee collection and interpretation at Devils Tower NM, Wind Cave NP, Jewel Cave NM, and Colorado NM. She’s worked for Devils Tower Natural History Association and Mount Rushmore Memorial Society. Along the way, as she was looking for permanent job, she found and married COLM’s current Chief Ranger, Mark Davison. Desirée and Mark have also been at Capulin Volcano NM and Scotts Bluff NM. During her time in Scottsbluff, Desirée worked as a zookeeper, which she says “was very similar to being a wife, mother, and former park ranger.” The Davison family came to Colorado National Monument in June 2012. They have two daughters: Skye who lives in Scottsbluff, NE and Shaye who is a high school junior; a Chihuahua/Jack Russell named Tucker, a Great Pyrenees named Ruger, and a cat who occasionally answers to Thomas O’Malley.


Johanna Van Waveren: Johanna, the Walks and Talks coordinator, loves outdoor recreation and public lands, but her interests also include cooking, travel, music, and her dog, Boudin. Her wide array of interests are reflected in the jobs she has held and the places she has lived. Johanna has worked on an organic farm, managed restaurants, and given tours at the New Orleans Museum of Art. She has also been an Interpretive Park Guide at Colorado National Monument and worked for National Forests throughout Western Colorado. She has lived in California, Virginia, South Carolina, and Lousiana, but now she never plans to leave the great state of Colorado.


Carol Dominguez: Carol begins her fourth summer working as a Bookstore Sales Associate for CNMA. Originally from the New Mexico-Texas border, she graduated from New Mexico State University and taught high school for 8 years in that area. She then lived for 10 years in San Diego before moving to Montrose. She worked for Western National Parks Association (WNPA) for 18 years and was the association manager at Black Canyon National Park for 10 years. Three years ago she retired from WNPA and moved to Grand Junction to be closer to her family. She is widowed and has 3 grown daughters and 4 grand kids.


John Lintott: John is the Art Coordinator for CNMA. He is a landscape painter, and for nearly 8 years, he and his family owned an art gallery and frame shop in downtown Grand Junction. He has been involved in the art community since he moved here from Fort Collins in 2001. You may find him painting on the VC back porch on Fridays and in other locations in the park, or at the front desk helping visitors. John and his wife Emily, a school teacher, are the happy parents of three daughters.