Mike BentienPrincipal, C.L.C., L.S.
Designing With Light was founded in 1994 by Mike Bentien who is a Certified Lighting Consultant and Lighting Specialist accredited by the American Lighting Association and recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society. Mike started in the lighting industry in 1982 giving him decades of experience.

His interest in natural and artificial light effects sparked the desire to help clients light their spaces better than what was typically done.

Mike has been an instructor at many colleges and is still currently instructing, as he is one out of a handful of professionals certified to teach Lighting Design across North America.

Hayley Kellestine - Maternity Leave - Photo of a plush baby seal and crocheted booties
Hayley Kellestine (Maternity Leave)Lighting Consultant, D.I.D.
Hayley’s passion for good design brings a unique perspective to lighting. She understands how great lighting allows spaces to shine, to positively affect and enhance our clients spaces.

Hayley completed her Diploma of Interior Design at CATO graduating at the top of her class.

When not at the office Hayley enjoys spending time outdoors hiking in the beautiful Okanagan.

Jessica Morrison
Jessica MorrisonLighting Consultant, D.I.D.
Jessica completed her DID here in Kelowna at CATO and then
made a brief return to Calgary before deciding she missed us and
came back to work with Designing With Light! Her background in
renovations, visual design and customer service made her the
perfect addition to the team. She believes the proper lighting can
transform and elevate any room and loves working closely with
clients to select their decorative fixtures.

On her weekends she enjoys taking on DIY projects, exploring
hidden gems around the city and hiking with her dog Sage.

Christine Theiss
Christine TheissOffice Administrator
Christine has had many years of customer service and administration
experience, bringing an open and inviting atmosphere to all
our clients. Organization and meticulous paperwork are Christine’s
favourite aspects of work. You’ll find her chasing after her
counterparts for the proper documentation regularly.

Out of the office Christine enjoys spending time with her daughter,
watching movies and ready fantasy books. Nothing is better for her
then an escape into a fantasy world, via book or film, especially
when enjoyed with her daughter Jane.

CleoHead of Security
Miss Cleo brightens everyone’s day with her sweet heart melting cuteness.


We believe that lighting has a large effect on our lives. From setting a mood, to creating functioning task light, to highlighting artwork and enhancing the architecture we create a space where you as the client feels comfortable.