Meet Our Team
MEET OUR TEAM OF INTERIOR DESIGN & MERCHANDISING EXPERTS
Our attention to client needs, strong project management, remarkable merchandising insights, and award-winning interior designs can help your properties sell. Contact us today to see how we can work together.
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!
ERIN HURLEYDirector of Business Development
Erin blends her passion for involvement in the homebuilding industry and giving back to the community with her love of design at LD & Co. She’s also a master at project management, successfully coordinating 11 nationally known designers for the 2020 Whole Home for House Beautiful while designing two spaces of her own! And she juggles it all with her two boys and trusty yellow lab puppy.
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 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 WEBERDirector of Design
Cassy’s thorough and organized work ethic is, quite frankly, astounding. Combine that with her creative brain and, voila, you’ve got incredible talent. And to top it off, she runs marathons when not running after her son.
AMANDA HATHAWAYSenior Designer
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.
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!
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.
Zena’s favorite part of the design process is moving from conceptual idea to creating thoughtful, beautiful spaces based on the people who use them. She brings a personable, collaborative approach and enjoys working with clients to collectively merge thoughts and ideas in the creation of their ideal space. When not designing, Zena enjoys traveling and exploring with her family gaining new experiences and insights.
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.
SUSAN MONTGOMERYOperations Manager
Susan was the first designer hired when Lita started LD & Co. After 10+ years as a designer, she took several years off to raise her family. Now, Susan has returned to LD & Co., and is working on the business side of things. Susan has been happily married to Sean for 29 years and they have two sons, now both attending college. In her free time, she enjoys piyo, camping/hiking with family and hanging out with their spunky pug, Scout.
JACKIE ZAIKAPurchasing Manager & Logistics
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.