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Meet Our Team

Karen Van Dehy

Karen Van Dehy

Since the age of 13, Karen has loved the process and result of painting. The process, watching a surface be totally transformed, is immensely satisfying, but the happiness that comes as a result is perhaps even better. Whether the work involves new colors, stains, custom finishes, or repairing problems, the goal is always to bring joy to our client and allow them to love and enjoy their home that much more.

This focus on happiness spreads to Karen’s team as well. More than any particular skill set that can be taught, Karen looks for attributes in her employees that are not easily learned: motivation, passion, enthusiasm, and happiness that comes from doing a job well and seeing a smile on our client’s face.

Karen has a degree in physiology and genetics, but painting has fulfilled her deeper purpose and is where her true passion lies. When she isn’t working hard with her team she might be furthering her professional education by attending courses and workshops, or she might be outside with her family. Karen loves hiking, camping, and gardening in particular. She also is a Packers fan by marriage (there was no choice in the matter!), and a Broncos fan by location.

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Jeff Van Dehy

Jeff Van Dehy

Jeff joined Karen's Company in 2011 in the capacity of CFO and Office Manager. He supports the owner, staff, and painting crews through all aspects of Operations, Estimating, Sales, Finances, Marketing, Human Resources and Business Development.

Jeff comes to Karen's Company after a first career in biotechnology. “I am still interested in science. The art of applying the right paint color paint and the physics and chemistry of making sure it lasts are two of the most important aspects of a successful paint job.”

He says that working for his wife's company is a terrific experience. “Karen has always been passionate about painting – she gets such great satisfaction from every completed job and happy customer. I value the opportunity to help Karen build and maintain the company.”

Nico White

Nico White

Nico rejoined the Karen’s Company team after spending a year and a half at home with Baby #2. In his first go-round with us he proved to be a fantastic crew leader with the ability to train and motivate any team. As a painter with over 20 years of experience, he provides knowledge of products and procedures that are essential to our model of a teaching company. Nico enjoys conquering the daily challenges that arise and watching the team evolve and grow.

Nico says, “I love the integrity and determination of Karen’s Company. It’s more than just a painting company; we strive to make our employees’ lives better by giving them a supportive and understanding workplace. And, at the same time, give the team the training and tools to provide our clients with a superior finished product.”

Jenn Kelley

Jenn Kelley

When Jenn joined our team, she found what she calls her “forever job” (and we’re good with that!). She is passionate about being part of a small, local business, and reflecting our painting team’s attention to detail and focus in every aspect of her work in the office. We appreciate her love of craftsmanship, customer care, and the services we provide.

If you’re trying to catch Jenn outside of the office, good luck! She and her “smart and sexy” husband (her words, not ours) love to camp, hike, stargaze, disguise themselves at Comic Cons, watch Marvel movies, and hang out with their wonderful granddaughters.

Danielle Bond

Danielle Bond

Danielle has been working for Karen’s Company since 2009 and is also Karen’s niece. She is very artistic and extremely talented at faux, there are many things she does even better than Karen! Danielle is quick to laugh and loves to join in with Karen in singing while working. Our clients find Danielle extremely pleasant to have in their home.

Lex Fawkes

Lex Fawkes

Lex’s painting career started in a local coffee shop, where he and Karen first crossed paths. The painting industry was a perfect fit for Lex’s high-energy personality, providing endless skills to learn, new job sites to visit, and faces to meet. From rolling to woodwork, we appreciate Lex’s awesome attention to detail and passion for his work!

When his brush is hung up for the day, you’ll likely find Lex at the local dog park, skiing, or doing something else involving fresh air and friends.

Amy Upshaw

Amy Upshaw

Amy got her start as a professional painter through a friend’s company before joining our team. The satisfaction of seeing a job through to the end and knowing she’s done her best keeps Amy excited to tackle new projects. When Amy isn’t hard at work, she is spending time with her children or striking a pose on her yoga mat.

Hillary Mehnert

Hillary Mehnert

During her interview with Karen's Company, Hillary is someone we recognized as eager to work and be a part of a team. Although she is new to the painting industry, she has caught on fast. Her customer service and general attitude could not be better! She works well with the team and is a great addition to the company.

In her free time, she loves to write music and play the guitar. She is an extremely creative person, which works great for the painting industry!

Ray De Los Santos

Ray De Los Santos

Ray and his family may not be Colorado natives, having moved here originally from New Mexico, but they have certainly jumped into mountain life with both feet. Ray loves trail running, taking his kids out for activities, and is looking forward to snowboarding.

And, Ray also quickly made himself at home on our team. We appreciate his diverse skills and abilities, from ladder work to spraying to equipment operation, and his passion for our clients and job sites. As he says, “Now I wouldn’t want to work in any other industry!”

Chris Terrell

Chris Terrell

Chris joined our team while on the hunt for a new career. His enthusiasm, pride in his work, and attention to clients made him a strong fit, and he has quickly learned the skills needed to excel in his craft.

When the workday is done, Chris doesn’t slow down a bit. You’ll likely find him outdoors, enjoying a little hunting, fishing, biking, or camping.

Felix Wohlfahrt

Felix Wohlfahrt

Before serving in the army, Felix worked as a painter for a friend who owned a contracting business. After his service was complete, he decided to put his skills to use once again and joined the Karen’s Company team. We are so glad he did! Felix appreciates high-quality craftsmanship, and this is evident in not only his attention to detail, but also his focus on our client’s happiness throughout the process.

Felix also enjoys riding his motorcycle, and spending time outdoors with his wife and dogs. Or, if it’s a rainy day, you also might catch him watching his favorite movie: Road Warrior.

Lyncoln Standley

Lyncoln Standley

Lyncoln tried out painting because it sounded like fun, and she wanted to see if it was a good fit. And, it was! She is talented, focused, and is particularly skilled in applying cabinet finishes. We also appreciate her client-focused, positive attitude; she loves nothing more than seeing a happy homeowner after a transformation!

Lyncoln also loves camping, hiking, being outdoors, and taking advantage of our beautiful local scenery here in Colorado.

Paige King

Paige King

Paige joined our team without prior painting experience, but that didn’t bother us a bit. We knew we could provide the skills, and she already had the attributes we look for that can’t be taught: she has incredible attention to detail, she’s a perfectionist, and is totally focused on our clients’ satisfaction.

Good luck catching her on her days off! Paige loves disc golf, longboarding, camping in the mountains, and visiting new places.

Christian Zurita

Christian Zurita

Originally taught how to paint by his uncle, Christian simply loves “making surfaces pretty.” And, he’s good at it! Brushing and rolling are two specific areas in which he really excels, skillfully transforming whatever he may be working on.

Like his painting skills, Christian’s interests outside of work are diverse and interesting as well. From listening to heavy metal to reading, yoga to snowboarding, he enjoys staying active and pursuing what he loves.

Benjamin Mehnert

Benjamin Mehnert

Ben’s hobbies are a unique blend of action, focus, precision, and art, including photography, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and concerts. It’s no surprise that he’s been a perfect fit for our team as well, since our craft calls for (you guessed it!) action, focus, precision, and definitely a heavy dose of art.

We also appreciate his height! He’s got just about every interior surface covered.