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MEET OUR TEAM OF INTERIOR DESIGN & MERCHANDISING EXPERTS

The LD & Co. team has garnered respect and praise for unsurpassed professionalism and attention to client needs, strong project management, remarkable merchandising insights, and award-winning interior designs that help properties sell.

LITA DIRKS
LITA DIRKSCEO
As our team’s “fearless leader,” Lita’s unending enthusiasm, talent, and professionalism have led her to be one of the most successful interior merchandisers in the country. Her mentoring skills and inspirational outlook have helped numerous staff members embrace interior merchandising as a career. In her minimal spare time, Lita roots on her New York Yankees and, if you ever want to bribe her, she has a “mean” sweet tooth!
KRIS BLAKE
KRIS BLAKELead Designer
Kris’ creative skills and careful attention to detail make her an exceptional lead designer. When she isn’t overseeing our design team, she is playing with her adorable and lively boys, Beckett and Wilson.
TRICIA PATTERSON
TRICIA PATTERSONDirector Of Operations
Known as “the optimizer”, Tricia is an energetic team player who works diligently to help bring Lita Dirks & Co.’s collective goals to life. Outside the office, Tricia spends as much time outdoors as possible, golfing, biking, hiking, and more!
MIKAYLA MAUSER
MIKAYLA MAUSEROperations Manager/Designer
With her design experience, product knowledge, and precise scheduling skills, Mikayla makes sure that each project is seamless. When she isn’t problem solving and managing meticulous details, she is working on home renovations and enjoys traveling.
SUE RIDGEWAY
SUE RIDGEWAYDirector of Marketing
Sue brings her enthusiasm for all things – especially marketing and communications – to Lita Dirks & Co. as the Director of Marketing. When she isn’t writing about or promoting the amazing work of LD & Co’s designers, she can be found enjoying as much of colorful Colorado as possible: be it skiing, hiking, running, or just being out and about avoiding the inherent drama of three teenage daughters.
CASSY WEBER
CASSY WEBERSenior Designer/Project Manager
Cassy’s thorough and organized work ethic is, quite frankly, astounding. Combine that with her creative brain and, viola, you’ve got incredible talent. And to top it off, she runs marathons when not running after her infant son.
TERESA KARPALA
TERESA KARPALASenior Designer/Project Manager
With her love of travel and European upbringing, Teresa adds an original and innovative approach to all her designs. After surviving an extreme whitewater raft trip on the Nile River in Uganda, she can handle just about anything!
AMY MILLER
AMY MILLERSenior Designer/Project Manager
Amy’s ingenious thinking helps her create environments where people yearn to live. We can always trust that her projects will put a smile on our clients’ faces and enhance their sales efforts. And, if that’s not enough, she makes having twins seem easy!
SONJA PUNCH
SONJA PUNCHDesigner/Project Manager
This “creative maven” brings an added excitement to our team with her contemporary and edgy sensibilities. Sonja makes each design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. She is a true rock hound and a good-looking quartz gets her heart racing!
JENN WATSON
JENN WATSONDesigner/Project Manager
Being well versed in many areas of art and design – including interior, graphic, and painting – Jenn brings unique and stimulating merchandising ideas to all her interior designs. In her spare time, she likes to explore new Denver restaurants or help solve mysteries on the Investigation Discovery Channel.
ERIN GERARD
ERIN GERARDDesigner/Project Manager
Our office and clients benefit daily from Erin’s positive attitude, professionalism, and commitment. After a day of creating rock star designs, Erin and her husband stay fully entertained with their two adorable children.
AMANDA HATHAWAY
AMANDA HATHAWAYDesigner
Amanda’s youthful and vibrant creativity brings added value (and fun!) to our clients’ projects. After meticulously mastering designs, you can find her outdoors enjoying Colorado’s beauty or out on the dance floor country swing dancing.
KENNA LAMMER
KENNA LAMMERDesigner
With a keen eye for crafting, Kenna adds a fun twist to our talented team. Her unique ability to make the ordinary extraordinary brings a fresh, innovative approach to each of her designs. And, there’s no doubt her energetic, vibrant personality will put a smile on your face!
ASCENCION GUTIERREZ
ASCENCION GUTIERREZCAD Technician
As our “CEO of CAD” Ace brilliantly transforms sketches and ideas into concrete construction documents. When he’s not busy balancing out our estrogen-infused office, you can find him singing in a Latin American musical praise group or creating a ridiculously beautiful and delicious cake.
ALLISON VERKHOVOY
ALLISON VERKHOVOYPurchasing Agent
With an established career in procurement and logistics, Allison’s extreme attention to detail, concise communication, and strong organizational skills benefit both our designers and clients. Outside of purchasing and problem-solving, she loves to hang out with her family and feast on Mexican food.
CATHERINE MCGOWAN
CATHERINE MCGOWANPurchasing Agent
Cat brings a fresh take on the world of merchandising management. With a keen attention to detail, Cat’s purchasing, warehousing, and logistics skills are super precise, resulting in successful installations. When not drumming down on orders and delivery times, you can find Cat rooting for her Colorado State Rams and the Broncos.
KATIE BUCHENAU
KATIE BUCHENAUAdministrative/Marketing Assistant
Organized, patient, and willing to do whatever needs to be done, just begins to describe Katie. She is a true team player who brings a level of professionalism to her work that is way beyond her years. When not in the office Katie can be found basking in the glow of being a newlywed and setting up her new home.

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