Our Team

We make the world a better place.

We make the world a better place with our emphasis on your health and the health of the slice of land you steward. Our core philosophies include:

  • Improved Well Being: Biophilia
  • Ecological Health and Pollinator Friendly
  • Supporting Our Local Economy
Employment Opportunties

Management Team

Eva Montane | President & Certified Landscape Designer
With decades of professional and educational experience, Eva has a passion for appreciating and utilizing nature in her landscape design and philosophy. Eva holds a certificate from the California School of Garden Design as well as a Permaculture Design Certificate, and she is a certified Water Harvesting Practitioner. Eva offers design and consulting services as well as being a skilled garden writer and educator. She has been published in Colorado Gardener and the publication formerly known as Zone 4 Magazine among other publications.

Eva loves getting down on her belly to commune with the plants as she hones her skills knowing and photographing them. An avid gardener to be sure, she enjoys other activities as well which is why a low maintenance garden works well for her. Festival-going, paddleboarding, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking with her husband and dog are some favorites.

Desiree Baranczyk | Operations Manager
Desiree received Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College.
She filled the role of Manager starting in 2017 after a full season with Columbine as a member of the crew in the field where she became familiar with Columbine’s work, clients, and philosophy.

Her professional interests focus on helping clients get their needs met, and beautifying the landscape. She takes pride in having graduated from the Colorado Master Gardener program.

Born and raised in Colorado, Desiree has a strong love for nature. She grew up in Salida which is a small town where the main source of entertainment is outdoor activities. Because of this orientation and desire, finding a career that involved getting outside was a necessity. Columbine fosters this as well as a way to continue learning and growing personally.

Colleen Hefferan | Project Manager
Colleen is from Eagle, Colorado and has been working with Columbine since 2017. She earned her Water Harvesting Practitioner certification in 2019 and is passionate about applying it to transform landscapes.

Colleen loves planting and installation jobs with Columbine because it’s so cool to see how a little (or a lot of) work can change a space to something so beautiful and inviting. Colleen says, “Columbine is such a great company and crew to work with. We all inspire each other, have fun, and learn new things everyday.”

Tiffany Huckaby | Field Manager
Tiffany is originally from Kansas City, Kansas and has since relocated to the Durango area to enjoy mountain life and be closer to her husband’s family.

She enjoys the opportunity to work outside while engaging with the Durango community and it’s native plants. She’s loves continually expanding her knowledge of gardening while in the field with Columbine.

When not working, Tiffany is usually outside enjoying nature while hiking, climbing, and camping with her husband and their dogs. She also loves riding their motorcycles and ATV.

Devon McLaughlin | Landscape Designer
As an east coast native, Devon has dreamed of a life out west for many years. Devon has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Temple University in Philadelphia where she learned the importance of native plant design and creating unique outdoor spaces for people.

In 2018 she spent the summer as a landscape intern at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, outside of Pittsburgh, PA, studying the principles of organic architecture – weaving the built environment with nature. After graduating she spent almost two years working on exciting design-build projects in NYC and the surrounding area.

She moved to the Colorado mountains in search of a life closer to nature and away from the busy city. Devon is passionate about a career that focuses on the environment and restoring ecological functions, while enhancing the beauty of spaces for people to enjoy.

When she is not working on landscape designs Devon likes to spend time camping, lagging behind on hikes taking photos of plants and the landscape, and cuddling up with her lazy pup.

Katie Kelley | Office Manager
After attending College for Culinary arts and Education, Katie decided she wanted a change of pace and moved to Creede, CO in 2017 to work on a ranch as a wrangler. She quickly fell in love with life in the mountains, and decided to move to Durango in 2018 with her fiancée.

She knew she wanted to continue to work outdoors, and realized that she would like to learn more about the native plants that make Colorado so beautiful. She started working with Columbine the following spring. Having now filled roles with Columbine as team member, Crew Leader, and Field Manager, she is excited to be returning for another season, moving into the role of Office Manager, and expanding her knowledge of landscaping and management.

In her free time she enjoys working in her garden, hiking, and horseback riding. During the winter she spends time on woodworking projects and painting. She also enjoys pet sitting and being around animals whenever she can.
Katie believes it’s important to fill one’s time with the things one loves, and to take on challenges to learn something new each day. She has found Columbine to be the perfect place to do just that.

Jenny Moder | Equipment Manager
Jenny moved to Durango with her husband and cat in January of 2019 from Duluth, Minnesota. All three were excited to escape the long winters of MN, and living in the mountains was always something they have dreamed of.

Jenny earned her Bachelor’s in Business Management in 2017 from the University of Superior-Wisconsin and is excited to put her leadership skills to use as Equipment Manager.

From bailing hay on her cousin’s farm to working summers at her family’s golf course, Jenny has found her passion working in the outdoors. She knew she was aligned with Columbine’s vision upon learning about Biophilia (the positive mental state working in nature provides) and reading about the company’s environmentally ethics, especially it’s rainwater harvesting projects. She is also passionate about learning Colorado native plants.

In her spare time Jenny loves to do yoga, lift weights, hike and camp, listen to music, travel and volunteer at Annie’s Orphan’s in Durango. She hopes to stay with Columbine and continue to grow as a leader, gain new friendships and attend the Colorado Master Gardener Class in the winter months.

Opening! | Waste Reduction Manager
Our Waste Reduction Manager oversees the company’s waste stream and ensures that as much as possible be Refused, Reduced, Reused, and Recycled. All green waste is either chipped and used or delivered to a local farm where it is composted. The goal is to keep all biodegradables out of the landfill to minimize Columbine’s environmental footprint.

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