Program Personnel


Pima County Smartscape Program Personnel:

Karen Hanshaw
Program Coordinator, Senior is a “military brat” (moved over 20 times while growing up!) who graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture after attending Endicott College in Massachusetts. After a few more years of traveling and working in other parts of the country, she returned and settled in Tucson.  Karen draws on her extensive background in education program administration, Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University, experience in the Western Extension Leadership Development program, and her knowledge of and enthusiasm for sustainable landscape design and maintenance, to coordinate, plan and manage the program.  She enjoys working with the Smartscape staff, instructors, Tucson Water and other partners (including Smartscape in Maricopa County, our “sister program”) to provide excellent water conservation and education programming in “Efficient Irrigation. Sustainable Landscapes”.

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.

David J. Sanabria was recently hired as a graduate assistant for the Pima Smartscape Program. He will be with us from August, 2018 through May, 2019 when he earns his Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. David is passionate about water conservation and sustainable landscapes, and has been supporting the Pima Smartscape program since the beginning of 2017 by assisting with rainwater harvesting and irrigation classes, designs and installations, Spanish translations, and much more!

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, he came to Tucson in 2013 to coordinate the initiation of a new community garden for Primavera Foundation in the City of South Tucson. He appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with The Garden Kitchen (UA/Extension,) and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to create educational opportunities in the community.