Program Personnel

Pima County Smartscape Program Personnel:

Karen Hanshaw
Program Coordinator, Senior is a “military brat” who graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture after earning an Associate of Science from Endicott College in Massachusetts. She returned and settled in Tucson after a few years of traveling and working in other parts of the country. As a homeowner who has designed and installed her own landscapes and irrigation systems, Karen draws on her extensive background in education program administration, her newly acquired Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University, and her enthusiasm for landscape design and maintenance, to provide excellent water conservation and education programming in “Efficient Irrigation. Sustainable Landscapes”.

Jesús Lopez Del Castillo

Instructional Specialist, Senior graduated from the Sonora State Major Studies Center with a B.S. degree in Horticulture, and is currently earning his Masters of Agricultural Education from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  As owner/operator of GeneScape Landscaping and Phloem, his main green industry focus was in installation and maintenance of urban Sonoran desert landscapes.  Pima Smartscape hired him away from Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation and he now develops and provides education and training programs for both English and Spanish professional Smartscape participants.  Jesus is certified through the ACLP as a professional landscaper and has earned his Smartscape Certificate.

Debbie Lesko
Office Specialist, Senior is excited to be part of the Smartscape team. She previously worked for the University of Arizona at the School of Art as a Graduate Program Coordinator. She enjoys the contact with community members who are essential to the Smartscape program.