Desert Elements has been a reliable, established business since 2001. Our team of designers and developers has solid experience and extensive skills.


A collaborative approach.

The Desert Elements team values the input and collaboration of our clients, who know their website and marketing objectives and diverse target audiences best. While we provide technical knowledge and expertise as communications professionals, we recognize that creating successful work involves more listening than talking.

Needs: covered.

Desert Elements goes the extra mile for our clients. We offer personalized, attentive service and a full spectrum of services to create and manage each client’s impactful online and offline presence. Our longtime partnership with Brownrice Internet gives our clients world-class website and email hosting, domain registration, streaming service, and top-notch security. We also partner with photographers, writers, and videographers for content creation needs.

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Get to Know Us

Molly Duncan

Creative Director

For over twenty years, Molly’s wide-ranging creativity and education in Media Arts and Computer Science have taken her from creating a successful line of children’s clothing to creating unique layouts for print publishing to becoming an expert in digital user interface design. She has grown the business from its kitchen table start to its respected and established position in the Santa Fe business community by masterfully juggling roles and tirelessly expanding the company’s capacities. When she is not color picking and vector masking, Molly is planting veggies with her kids or rafting the high desert rivers.

Alisa Smith

Project Manager

Alisa taught herself HTML in 1996 and created a poetry website and listserv that featured pages with all kinds of background colors, which was impressive stuff back then. She went on to develop skills in many areas of web design and development by mentoring and consulting on interactive media projects for clients in a myriad of sectors. When she is not drafting functionality requirements or leading a team conference call, Alisa is throwing a ball for her fetchaholic dog or curled up with a travel guidebook.

Kristin Quintana

Senior UX / UI Developer

Kristin is on trend, web-wise and otherwise. She is dedicated to staying current with the latest techniques in new media deployment, the latest web production frameworks and languages, and is adept at interactive website development and content such as video, audio, and animation. Her creativity and attention to detail leads to work that wows. When Kristin is not coding css for responsive web pages or searching for that perfect WordPress plugin, she is silk screening her designs onto t-shirts or puddle jumping with her toddler.

John Spence


After programming software for Intuit, John turned to tackling the challenges of website coding for all the moving parts of the Internet. He is agile with a range of backend programming and has particular expertise with custom web database application development. His high quality code results in productive and engaging user experiences. When he is not writing scripts or conjuring a database schema, John is gliding the slopes on his snowboard or expertly ordering Spanish tapas.


Bill McDow

Bill McDow's broad business, technical, and financial expertise spans the IT life cycle in a mix of independent consulting and private sector companies (startup, turn around, corporate practice). Bill's key contributions include seeking and nourishing strategic alliances, developing repeatable service solutions, directing systems development and integration teams, and managing to the bottom line for customer satisfaction.

Beth McRae

Beth McRae, currently with Cisco Systems, is a Global Partner Executive with extensive leadership experience spanning a wide-ranging mix of startup, turn around and corporate practice development for application solutions, SaaS and managed services.


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"We suspected that Desert Elements could build us a web site that would look much better than what we could build ourselves. And what they built us is a first class, visually stunning beauty. We were also incredibly pleased to find out that they could integrate some of the high-end, technical site features we wanted far better than our own in-house programmers could! The whole experience was timely, professional, and impressive from start to finish.  We love Desert Elements and often recommend them to our most important clients."
~ Oban Lambie, President Brownrice Internet, Inc.

"I've worked with Desert Elements since shortly after my first restaurant Vinaigrette opened in 2008 and it has been an evolving partnership and creative team effort from the very beginning. Cheryl and Molly know how to interpret brand purpose and business needs into strong, original visual content and narrative. They understand both the creative and the practical ramifications of their work and manage both with finesse. I’m always delighted by what they come up with in response to project prompts—whether its web, print or marketing strategy. Often they manage to capture not just what I said I wanted, but what I actually wanted and didn't quite express—that extra truth between the words. No easy task! Plus, they are fun to work with and have great senses of humor!"

~ Erin Wade, Owner / Vinaigrette, Modern General

"Wow. It's one word, a simple word, but it is THE word that describes the quality of product and service you get working with Desert Elements. And, on top of that, they were absolutely easy and fun to work with from concept to deliverable."

~ Belinda Padilla, Program Manager, Venture Acceleration Fund NNM Connect

"Since 2003, I’ve relied exclusively on Desert Elements to design and update It’s my best calling card and has never failed to impress."

~ Eric O’Keefe, Author Editor Journalist

"Hiring Desert Elements to handle the complete redesign of our two websites was the most important and best decision we made in going into what felt like a challenging project. The project, however, ended up being fun and surprisingly smooth. I could not have asked for better communication, project management or design implementation. Since our two sites have launched, our membership numbers have skyrocketed and our ticket sales have increased significantly. I highly and without reservation recommend Desert Elements, a local, creative, professional and exceptional company."

~ Emily Crawford, Director of Marketing, Lensic Performing Arts Center / Tickets Santa Fe

"The staff at Desert Elements Design has exceeded my expectations and continues to deliver in design, functionality and assistance. Everyone on staff is not only responsive and helpful, but continuously goes above and beyond with suggestions and ideas. The Santa Fe County website has had multiple upgrades and Desert Elements has made it an enjoyable process every time. Desert Elements is an absolute pleasure to work with and the end result is always amazing, they are truly stellar in every aspect. I honestly can't say enough wonderful things about this company!"

~ Kristine Mihelcic, Public Information / Media Production, Santa Fe County

"Desert Elements routinely exceeds our expectations, and it does so on time and under budget. Highly recommend their multi-talented team."

~ Eddie Lee Rider Jr., Publisher, The Land Report

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