Meet the Growing Spaces Team!

Each team member at Growing Spaces is dedicated to Customer Support and making sure every Growing Dome Greenhouse customer is successful.  We will guide you through the process step by step, from site planning, greenhouse building permits, HOA, simple customized quotes, shipping, installation options, planting bed design, organic soil and of course we will help answer any of your greenhouse gardening questions!  We love to talk about geodesic greenhouses and gardening!  Contact us anytime Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm Mountain, or visit us in Pagosa Springs, Colorado!   You can learn more about each team member in their Bios below.

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Lem Tingley

Chief Growing Officer

My wife Liz and I acquired Growing Spaces in April 2018.  We were initially attracted to the company as a Colorado-based manufacturing company making innovative and environmentally friendly products.  We were excited to promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles through the manufacturing and installation of the Growing Dome.

I graduated from CU Boulder in Mechanical Engineering, and have been working for Colorado based manufacturing companies for the last 25 years.  My core values revolve around efficiency, superior quality, exemplary customer experience and conscious business practices.  We look forward to expanding our services, improving our capabilities and enabling more customers to grow healthy and nutritious food year-round without external power!

Liz Tingley is a VP of Operations for a payment integrity provider to the healthcare industry.  We live in Golden, CO with our three teenage boys.  We love to travel, ski, hike, play board games and watch our boys play soccer.

Destiney Hilsabeck

Controller

I began working with Growing Spaces in the spring of 2011. Hired to answer telephones, I was soon coordinating our installation teams for builds and maintenance, as well as processing parts orders and offering customer support. Having grown up living off the grid, I learned the importance of renewable resources and conservation at an early age. Growing Spaces has helped me to foster these lessons from my childhood as well as help guide me towards a healthier lifestyle. I like to spend my free time with family and friends on the river- rafting or tubing. Also playing with my two dogs. Come winter, I like to snowboard, but am also a sucker for cuddling up by a warm fire with a good book.

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Kaylin Willis

Human Resources

Kaylin is part of the Human Resources Department here at Growing Spaces. She grew up in Pagosa Springs and has a great love for her hometown. She left Pagosa after graduating high school to see other parts of the country. She has lived in multiple places around the U.S. including Washington D.C., San Antonio, and Denver. While in San Antonio, she attended Alamo Colleges and obtained her Business Degree with a focus on human resources and small business management. She then came back home to become a part of our team here in Pagosa.

Kaylin learned the importance of self-sustainability from her mother who has always been an avid gardener. She truly appreciates garden grown vegetables over what you get at the market. During her time away from work, Kaylin enjoys Navajo Lake in the summer and snowboarding at Wolf Creek in the winter. Her passion for photography comes from growing up in such a beautiful place. Above all spending time with her family and friends is most important to her.

Matt DeGuise

Production and Installation Manager

I have worked at Growing Spaces since 2011, starting as a dome installer, later as the Production Manager, and now as Installation, Maintenance and Turn-Key Greenhouse support and project management. When working in the shop I prefer to listen to Sirius XM channel 23 the Grateful Dead or channel 60 Outlaw Country. In my free time I enjoy gardening, rafting, and hiking with my wife and dog. I spend my winters as a ski instructor, but look forward to returning to Growing Spaces every spring.

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Kyle Brookens

Growing Dome Adviser and IT Manager

I graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 2009 and moved to Gunnison, Colorado to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. After graduating from Western State Colorado University, I moved back to my home town. In my spare time, one may find me backpacking in the wilderness, cruising on a mountain bike, slacklining in the park, or skiing Wolf Creek. I enjoy growing my own food and have a large garden at home. I am an experienced beekeeper and I have been experimenting with aquaponics.  I am always excited to share knowledge and support on these and other gardening and Growing Dome related subjects with others. I joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoy being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!

Kenzie Jackson

Director of Marketing

With a degree in Marketing and Communications, she has spent years perfecting her art of storytelling. When she’s not working on marketing campaigns for Growing Spaces, she is adventuring in Colorado’s high alpine. The rest of the time you will find her working on her passion project Colorado Adventure Babes.

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Kesy Curtis

Growing Dome Adviser and Events Coordinator

I began my journey at Growing Spaces in 2007. I have worked in several departments over the years. I love working for a company that embraces the new business culture, supports sustainability, and enables people to become self sufficient. Working at Growing Spaces has really helped me feel fullfilled in my passion for helping adults and children know what is in their food and where it comes from. I am a Colorado native and in addition to working at Growing Spaces I own my own spa & pool business. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my daughter and family, camping, fishing, and anything to do with the outdoors.

Tom Bonde

Growing Dome Adviser and Gong Master

Following discharge from the military and active duty in Vietnam in 1972, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Psychology in 1977.  I then obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 1987. With over 38 years experience in Addictions and Mental Health Counseling, the past 25 years have included both clinical and administrative management of hospital and community based mental health programs. In addition, I acted as community liaison with other social service agencies, county jail programs, the courts, probation and law enforcement agencies. While working in S.W. Colorado within the past 11 years, I was recognized as a state approved trainer in addictions and mental health counseling, providing training to entry level therapists, Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement personnel, and other social service agency personnel. I currently hold good standing licenses in the State of Colorado as a “Licensed Clinical Social Worker” and as a “Licensed Addictions Counselor”.  My wife and I also own and operate a harmonic therapy studio in Pagosa Springs.

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Ainslie Kincross

Growing Dome Adviser

I started here in March of 2020, just as the pandemic hit the U.S. and we all had to wake up to becoming more locally self reliant, more tuned into the natural world and to each other as fellow-travelers on this beautiful planet.  As an architect, I was the project designer on a number of  LEED certified buildings in Wyoming, and I’ve always had connecting people with nature as a guiding purpose in my work, which includes time with The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, leading wilderness trips, and practicing the ancient art of feng shui.  Along the way, I’ve worked in several organic and permaculture gardens. I believe our collective human role now is restorative and regenerative, and Growing Spaces has been participating in that for over 25 years!  When I’m not here, you’ll find me on a mountain trail.

J. Jay Garner

Growing Dome Advisor

I joined Growing Spaces Production Team in August 2021 and transferred to the Sales Team in April 2022.  We have a great team, superior products and I am proud to be contributing to our success!

Prior to Growing Spaces I spent +38 years in the energy industry and was essentially a “petro gypsy” relocating my family 12 times… Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, California, Alaska, and Central Asia (Kazakhstan).  A great experience!  After all that excitement, my wife Donna and I adopted our fireball grandson Jay (he keeps me young?) in 2019, sold our organic farm, relocated to Pagosa Springs, and moved into our forever home.  I took early retirement in 2020 and relaxed for a while before joining Growing Spaces.  Donna is the founder and owner of Good Dragon Healing here at Pagosa Springs,… she is certified in QHHT and practices Intuitive Energy Healing!

On the adventuresome side mountaineering has been my passion for over 30 years.  I climbed most of the Colorado 14ers while attending Colorado State University and have also bagged numerous summits at Wyoming, California, Alaska, and Kazakhstan.  I am also a SSI certified technical/advanced scuba diver and love that sport as well.

In my spare time, I enjoy every moment with my grandson, wife, our three dogs, beekeeping, hiking, fishing, backcountry skiing, photography/videography, camping, and running my 2 businesses, Infinite Spur Photography, and Infinite Spur Consulting! Enjoying Growing Spaces and loving life.

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Shelby Lucero

Parts and Maintenance Coordinator

I graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2018 with a BA in Environmental Studies. I tried my hand at working in the corporate finance world, but quickly realized that I needed to do something more fulfilling. I began working for Growing Spaces during August of 2020 manufacturing various components for the Growing Domes. In March of 2021, I took on the role of Parts and Maintenance Coordinator. I enjoy being a part of this amazing team that helps others achieve their dream gardens!

In my spare time I enjoy working in the 15’ Growing Dome that my husband and I share. (We love this company and product so much that we both work here!) I also enjoy paddle boarding the high alpine lakes with my pup, spending time with family, and relaxing in the natural hot springs.

Desiree Ewing

Lead Gardener

I am a local artist with a love of all creation, most of all the beauty in nature. Often I am using multiple mediums and tools to help inspire and offer different perspectives to those I meet. Some of my inspiration comes from the solace and service I find in nature or gardening. To me, plants are a live medium. For which, the earth is the canvas.

I have spent many years in different growing environments such as industrial cannabis greenhouses, home greenhouses/Growing Domes, and my own indoor/outdoor gardening. Even though my time was limited working with Growing Domes. I am excited to see how much production is possible with the extended growing season this structure offers.

As my experience continues to develop, I want to share my passion and knowledge with other fellow sprouts and green thumbs so we can all grow together. It has always been my goal to be more self-sufficient and practice sustainable habits and now it is becoming a common goal of more people every day. Being successful with our growing practices inside a grow dome will help increase biodiversity and a stronger sense of community through food sustainability.

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Richard Miller

Growing Dome Educator and Customer Success Adviser

Greetings All, Richard Miller here! I’m a Vietnam veteran, master gardener and the retired vent maker. I used to make all the vents for each Growing Dome and did for as long as I can remember. Years ago, I was a professional in commercial steel design, fabrication, and erection. Awarded even, several times, however that didn’t stop the company I worked for from filing bankruptcy and, sorry to say, losing my full retirement! Now that I look back on it, if that didn’t happen I would never be writing this. I wouldn’t have had the time of building vents for each and everyone of you. And now, I get to share even more of my time in your gardening adventure as the Growing Spaces educator and ambassador! Be it backyard gardener, communities or a school to add gardening to curriculum, I am there. What an honor to support you all in your Growing Dome experience!

The Production Crew!

All of our kits are built right here in Pagosa Springs by our experienced team.  Most of our materials are also sourced in the USA.

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The Installation and Maintenance Crews!

Our friendly installation crews have years of experience building Growing Domes, and will have your project complete lickety-split!  Or choose the Supervisor Only options if you want to get hands-on with building your dome, and get expert advise every step of the way.