Our Staff

SCCA is Hiring

Do you enjoy hiking, biking, and sharing your knowledge of archaeology, geology, botany, and wildlife of Southwest Colorado?

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance (SCCA) seeks tour guides who love to work in the outdoors and have the ability to spark the interest of visitors to the area and local people. Some training will be provided, but you must also have the desire to educate yourself in the abovenamed areas. 

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Meet the Staff:

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 25 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 first as a curation and interpretation intern and then as a 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 Southwest to obtain a master’s degree in museology from the University of Washington. Unable to keep herself away from the Four Corners, she returned to southwestern Colorado 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. 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.

 

Diane McBride, Associate Director: Diane has been deeply involved with SCCA since its inception and served as its first Executive Director. She has a diverse professional background with degrees in Dance and Elementary Education with a focus on English. Her Masters work in Anthropology was curtailed but enhanced by meeting her husband Bob and finally migrating to Southwest Colorado after visiting the area since the mid-1990s. Diane performed dance professionally and taught dance and drama in the Dallas, Texas, area for 10 years before teaching elementary school for 15 years. Once in the area, Diane served as a contractor at what is now Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum in curation, directed education programs for the museum for 10 years, managed the Cultural Site Stewardship Program since 2010, and conducted hiking tours and Road Scholar programs for a local B & B. In addition to her work with SCCA, she carries on the survey and recordation of cultural resources that she and Bob started in 2008. An avid hiker and camper, you’ll find her in the backcountry during her free time. She is grateful to have been called to the “center place” of this region and is dedicated to preserving the characteristics of our local public lands and engaging others in its stewardship.