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MEET OUR TEAM OF INTERIOR DESIGN & MERCHANDISING EXPERTS

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

LITA DIRKS
LITA DIRKSCEO & Principal
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 BLAKEVice President of Design
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 PATTERSONVice President 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!
AMY MILLER
AMY MILLERDirector of Design/Creative Coordinator
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!
TERESA KARPALA
TERESA KARPALADirector of Design
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!
CASSY WEBER
CASSY WEBERDirector of Design
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 son.
MIKAYLA MAUSER
MIKAYLA MAUSERDirector of Purchasing
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 living with three teenage daughters.
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!
JENN REECE
JENN REECEDesigner
Jenn’s creative talents run the gamut from furniture design and building, to drawing and writing children’s books to all things art. She’s a thoughtful designer that incorporates her masters of architecture knowledge and experience along with her interior design acumen. Jenn brings a fresh and creative perspective to every design and loves telling a story. When not creating, building, or learning you can find Jenn in nature and traveling.
KELLY DASHNER
KELLY DASHNERDesigner
Art has always been Kelly’s first love (she has a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design) and it continues to be the foundation of her design work. Kelly truly understands how powerful colors, materials, and shapes interact to create a feeling within someone. And she uses that knowledge to create innovative and impactful designs. When not designing interiors for LD & Co, she can be found making mixed-media/textile art out of paper, walnut ink and recycled upholstery fabric; or hiking with her adorable 3-year-old Foxhound pup, Chuckie. It just depends on the time and day.
ASCENCION GUTIERREZ
ASCENCION GUTIERREZCAD Manager
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.
JACKIE ZAIKA
JACKIE ZAIKAPurchasing Agent
Jackie applies her meticulous and detail-oriented nature to all things purchasing related at LD & Co. She brings humor and a strong worth ethic to everything she does. When she’s not working diligently to ensure all of our installs are flawless, she can be found discovering the best deals thrifting, hiking with her dog, concert going, or just enjoying some cookie dough.
ERIN MILLER
ERIN MILLERAdministrative & Marketing Assistant
Erin’s attention to detail and quiet determination help our office run smoothly. From using her mad social media skills to help strengthen the LD & Co brand, to patiently managing Lita’s crazy travel schedule, Erin is an integral part of our office. When asked…”would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” We appreciate The Office reference and any words of “wisdom” uttered from Michael Scott.

The LD & Co team celebrates 25 years of creativity. Cheers!

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