7340 E Caley Ave, Suite 210W, Centennial, CO 80111

Our Team

Meet our team. Their skills and unique set of strengths are integral to Design Studio Blue.

Rebecca Brennan

Rebecca Brennan

Principal | Founder
About Rebecca

Rebecca Brennan, RID, CID, CHID, EDAC, IIDA, LEED AP, has been following her creative passion through the practice of interior design. In 1997, Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentrated in Interior Design degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She went on to embark on a successful interior design career developing experience while working in different design environments including a furniture dealership, architectural design firms, and an interior design firm. All provided specialized experiences to form her well-rounded knowledge and skills in all aspects of interior design and construction. Her gained knowledge and refined skillset have allowed her to create interior environments for healthcare, corporate, municipal, and retail clients. Along with education, skills, and experience, Rebecca is a firm believer in continued growth through certification. Rebecca became a board certified healthcare interior designer through AAHID and serves as Past-President of the national certification board. She is a specialist in the areas of evidence-based design, sustainable design, lean project delivery, and healthcare interior design.

She holds the following certifications:

  • Nevada Registered Interior Designer
  • Georgia Registered Interior Designer
  • Minnesota Certified Interior Designer
  • Certified Healthcare Interior Designer
  • Evidence-Based Design Certification
  • Lean Construction Institute Core Group leader
  • IIDA Professional Member
  • NCIDQ Certificate Holder
  • LEED AP Certificate Holder
Jennifer Sparaco

Jennifer Sparaco

Director of Design
About Jennifer

Jennifer brings a broad range of experience from Design Studio Blue. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Montana State University, which included a tour of Europe. Jennifer also brings a strong understanding of the code and permitting process as she served as a City Planner for the City of Raton. Jennifer also enjoys refinishing vintage furniture. She has also owned her own design firm. The breadth and depth of her experience makes her a skilled addition to the DSB team. She has spent the last few years honing her interiors skills on large scale senior living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities throughout the United States. It was these most recent projects which solidified her passion for creating spaces which help improve people’s lives and their relationships with the built world.

Cathy Flagg

Cathy Flagg

Director of Operations
About Cathy

Cathy is the perfect fit for her role as Director of Operations as she has a proven track record of success. In her previous career as a General Manager of Sentry Fire & Safety, Inc, Cathy oversaw three locations, 30 employees, and thousands of customers. Cathy was the direct contact for large contracts such as Jefferson County and Denver Public Schools and is a masterful multitasker. Her passion for the intricate aspects of business operations and customer service are a common theme throughout her impressive career and she has made a seamless transition into our team. When she isn’t working you can find Cathy spending time with her family outdoors, traveling, or being active. She is also a certified personal trainer and avid student of nutrition.

Emily Zabel

Senior Interior Designer | Project Manager
About Emily

Emily’s passion for Interior Design grows with each new project. Her 12 years of experience includes Corporate and Retail Design with a specialty in Healthcare Interior Design and Architecture. Emily has been managing projects ranging from 2,000-100,000 SF from initial programming meetings to final punch lists. Her education and experience with healthcare-related projects allow her to create interior environments that meet the demands of tenants, hospitals, and Physicians.

  • NCIDQ
  • IIDA
Tina Kivalu

Tina Kivalu

Senior Interior Designer | Project Manager
About Tina

Tina has a broad skillset, diverse knowledge base, and experience in both commercial and residential interior design. She is also a certified NCIDQ Interior Designer and LEED Accredited Professional and has a degree in Fine Arts. Tina is always looking for opportunities within projects to elevate the design. She is no stranger to pushing boundaries or presenting new but practical ideas to clients. She recognizes the important relationships between the Architecture and the Interior Design of a space and believes that all design should meet the needs of the end-user but also elicit a direct response, serve the community and be timeless in nature to create a human centered experience.

Tina is skilled in project management & design coordination, project planning, furniture & art procurement, and concept development + strategy. She enjoys keeping a pulse on new design trends, researching evidence-based design, biomimicry, and expanding her skill set. Tina is a highly motivated individual and very passionate about design and the professional design industry. Additionally, Tina is a current NCIDQ Ambassador and active IIDA member.

Mckenzie Bates

McKenzie Bates

Interior Designer
About McKenzie

McKenzie, a graduate of Chatham University’s Interior Architecture program, has just recently followed her passion for healthcare design after completing her bachelor’s degree. McKenzie has always been influenced by her surroundings, whether that be in the physical environment or certain hobbies. An avid traveler, artist, and photographer, she draws inspiration from nature and creation to install into her design methods.

Interior design and architecture have taught her that structure is able to play with creativity, in a form of organized chaos. Her passion for healthcare stems from the psychology and creativity within structure because while strict guidelines set the boundaries, new ideas are created daily to push those boundaries to their limits. The psychology behind healthcare design is always evolving, so every day there is more to be learned about improving the space and lives of many.

McKenzie brings her excitement, motivation and vast interest of design into the environments she produces. She is looking forward to establishing her strengths of adaptability, flexibility, and leadership into her designs in order to create built environments that improve the lives of others.

Kira Peterson

Kira Peterson

Interior Designer
About Kira

Kira graduated in 2020 from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design, and a minor in Construction Management. Kira has always been intrigued by both the technical and creative sides of Interior Design, especially related to healthcare, which led her to intern at Design Studio Blue. She sparked a passion into research-based design while working alongside her college professor, post-graduation, on eye tracking and virtual reality studies.

With her experience in Construction Management, she understands various sides of the design process and implements this knowledge into the execution of design documents. Many of the design programs utilized in the field amaze her, and she is always keen to learn the next new thing related to this ever changing technology. Overall, she is passionate about interior design and overjoyed to be working in such a purposeful field. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.

Interested in joining our team?