The Team

At The Pinery, we aim to create a destination with a distinctive sense of place and a pioneering spirit of service……where lasting memories are created! From your first visit until the moment that your last guest departs, let our outstanding team of hospitality experts dazzle you with their welcoming professional service and unparalleled attention to detail.


michelle benson


Director of Weddings and Events

Michelle is an event and wedding coordinator at the Hill and has been with the company in varied capacities for years. Michelle has an incredible eye for detail and desires to help make your event as special and tailored to your expectations as possible. Michelle has a degree in Hospitality and Event Planning and has been in the event industry for over 8 years. She is truly passionate about events and loves what she does!

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codi watson

Codi Watson

Wedding and Event Coordinator

Codi comes to us with years as a tenured event planner and before that, a wedding photographer! Her bright personality yields excellent relationship with guests and clients. She loves the reward of an event well planned. She is a geek at heart and will happily talk to you for hours about any number of her hobbies.

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All Star DJ's is Colorado’s premiere entertainment. Karson operates a successful DJ company in Southern Colorado and surrounding areas. He and his team have more than 20+ years’ experience in the entertainment industry, where they specialize in weddings & events! You can rest assure that you are in the hands of dependable, professional entertainers with a history of excellence. Our goal is to relieve you of stress at your event, allow you to have fun with your friends and take control of the event to ensure it's a success.

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sue sanicky



Sue has been able to utilize her full breadth of pastry skills with an increasing emphasis on wedding and specialty cakes, her passion. Always one to look for ways to improve her product you will find Sue trying out new recipes and utilizing her colleagues as her test group; a role relished by all.

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sue sanicky



Liese has been in the floral business for over 35 years. She started out working in the Chicago area and specialized in wedding & event work. After marriage, she moved to the San Francisco area and managed a high end floral shop. Six years later, she and her husband moved back to the Chicago area and took over her parent's International Orchid Nursery for 16 years. They were one of the top growers and orchid experts in the country. Liese continued doing floral design on the side; specializing in the wedding industry. In 2012, they sold the business and moved out to Colorado Springs. Liese has been the head of the floral department for The Pinery since they opened in 2013, and has thoroughly enjoyed designing the floral and décor for all of the weddings, parties, and events.

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Eli has worked in Denver, Colorado Springs and surrounding cities. His studies began at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles which gave him access to many mentorships and connections. Before becoming a sought after wedding videographer, Eli worked at Level 1 Productions, filming ski movies. Eli's videography specializes in weddings and events and loves bringing to life serving the clients at The Pinery at the Hill.

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sue sanicky



Kelsey has been with Altitude Hospital Group for six years; two of them as the Executive Chef of The Pinery at the Hill. She is a graduate with a degree in Culinary Arts & Food Service Management with over fourteen years of experience in the hospitality industry. She is driven by her love for nourishing guests through the art of food! She loves curating new, creative & innovative dishes. Outside of work she is found with a book in hand and a notepad in reach for whenever a new recipe is just begging to be tried.

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mitchell yellen



Owner Mitchell Yellen is an entrepreneur, author, investment banker and financial engineer whose honesty and integrity has led to success both in his professional and personal life. He owns many successful businesses in the Colorado Springs area, including Garden of the Gods Gourmet Market & Café, Garden of the Gods Gourmet Catering & Events, Till Kitchen, Sprig Eats and has exclusive partnerships with the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the U.S. Air Force Academy and many other well established businesses in the Colorado Springs area.