What Makes Us a Great Team


We are energy efficiency experts, environmental leaders, strategic advisors, program designers, operations planners, data managers, market influencers, and client relations specialists -- brought together by our common desire to make bold strides towards sustainable resource efficiency.


Executive Team


Lauren Casentini, ceo

Lauren Casentini, CEO and founder of Resource Innovations, is an experienced entrepreneur in the energy efficiency industry. Her expansive expertise includes formerly representing a variety of stakeholders, including a major Investor Owned Utility and the largest energy efficiency consulting company in the US. She founded Resource Innovations in January 2016 and leads its strategy, vision and growth. Lauren is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of energy consulting, program design and management, and policy expertise. She provides guidance across all program areas and represents the company in the policy arena through participation in many forums that influence federal and state energy policy. Since the start of her career, her mission has been to create an abundant future by developing groundbreaking strategies to eliminate energy waste. She embodies this transformative effort as she guides Resource Innovations to jolt conventional ideas with innovations that make resource reduction accessible and approachable for all.


karen melzer, Chief Financial Officer

Karen is responsible for finance, accounting and HR services at Resource Innovations. Karen creates and manages accounting, human resource and payroll processes that succinctly evolve with the needs of the company. She leverages her CPA experience and background in accounting, consulting and software to deliver financial management from bill payment to board package. Karen is both a strategic business advisor and a hands-on leader. She ensures meaningful financial assessments, budget development, forecasting and a solid foundation for Resource Innovations.


catherine Carhart, Chief technology Officer

Catherine has 30 years of experience in software development and IT management in mission-driven organizations, including eight years in the energy efficiency industry. During her time in the energy space, she has managed the development and deployment of more than 30 software and data analytics systems to track energy savings for more than 200 programs serving  energy utilities and their customers across the country. 


Michele Negley, Chief operations Officer

Michele brings exceptional DSM insights and electric utility “core business” experience to help Resource Innovations clients and employees navigate our quickly evolving industry. As a founding senior leader at CLEAResult and previously at DNV/GL, Michele cultivated regulatory policy, economics, operational and technical expertise in energy efficiency, transportation electrification, renewables and demand response. In these roles, she oversaw comprehensive DSM programs for 50 utilities, hired and developed leaders and led organizations of hundreds of employees to deliver results for clients. Michele also brings Resource Innovations and our clients a strong grasp of utility operations from her early career at a utility where she started as an engineer and managed system planning, was responsible for reliability, contributed to customer satisfaction strategies and stood up new Power Quality and energy services functions. Michele and her team are accountable for delivering value to clients and as part of Resource Innovations’ Executive Team, she contributes to strategy and services to help our clients engage with and deliver efficient energy to customers.


Margie gardner, senior advisor

Margie has dedicated nearly 40 years to conservation of our earth’s natural resources. Her work has included research, securing legislation, engaging stakeholders at all levels, and market transformation. She founded the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in 1997 and led the organization for more than a decade, directed the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council for six years, and now helps Resource Innovations drive market transformation across the Midwest.


Leadership Team


ashley palladino, director, midwest operations

Ashley brings ten years of experience managing energy efficiency programs and solutions, with an emphasis on residential programs in Illinois. Ashley has developed and overseen a variety of program designs for multiple utilities, working closely with numerous trade ally networks, associations and key partners to support goal attainment. Ashley provides a deep understanding of energy efficiency portfolios, implementation strategies and the Illinois market. From her recent involvement in the Illinois Stakeholder Advisory Group which focused on the Future Energy Jobs Act implementation, she brings an understanding of the long-term strategy and potential for market and portfolio enhancements that will support achieving FEJA’s goals.


atticus doman, director, planning & design

Atticus provides the Resource Innovations team with ten years of technical and planning expertise, and energy efficiency program support in Illinois. With experience working across multiple utilities throughout the Midwest and into the Southeast regions, Atticus brings a unique perspective from supporting the operations of a variety of commercial and residential program designs. Atticus has also supported local trade ally outreach efforts on the ground in Illinois for both residential and commercial programs.


corey grace, director, california operations

With 15 years of energy efficiency experience, Corey leads Resource Innovations’ operations in California. Her responsibilities include overseeing strategic planning for growth, executing business plans and managing clients and accounts across multiple utilities in California and the Midwest. To ensure thriving programs, Corey focuses on creating lasting community partnerships and discovering innovative ways to connect more people to energy-saving solutions. Prior to joining Resource Innovations, Corey was a Program Director at CLEAResult, leading a team of 26 people and managing 18 commercial utility programs across multiple markets. Today, Corey brings her extensive knowledge in energy efficiency financing, contracts, policy and client care to deliver exceptional results to our customers and communities.


Jake felton, director, strategy & Market development

Jake provides the Resource Innovations team with ten plus years of experience in project and program development, planning, design and implementation from the energy efficiency, green infrastructure and broader construction industries. In his current role, Jake is able to leverage his experience across a wide variety of utility clients and industry sectors to bring thoughtful and forward-thinking strategic planning and market development initiatives to the organization. Jake’s approach blends strategic, analytical and operational perspectives with a focus on delivering innovation and impact.


Jeff Crittenden - PE, Senior director, market development

With more than 20 years of experience, Jeff is a leading consultant in energy efficiency and project implementation serving companies across the energy value chain — electric and gas utilities, equipment manufacturers, healthcare, and engineering, procurement and construction firms — on many of their key strategic and operational improvement challenges. His experience includes development, design and implementation of utility energy efficiency programs, distributed generation technologies, measurement and verification best practices, innovative technologies as well as a broad range of operational improvement and strategic energy master planning programs.  


marci sanders, director, market transformation

Marci has more than two decades of experience in the energy industry where she has shepherded solutions from concept through implementation, while managing stakeholder, team, and project needs for adoption of energy-efficient products and technologies. She has developed and managed innovative residential and commercial energy efficiency programs that leverage regional and national market actors, efficiency experts and utilities. She has leadership experience across project management, program management, strategic planning, and consulting.



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