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Our Team

Meet Our Team

The Center for ReSource Conservation is fortunate to be made up of incredibly talented and creative people whose collective passion for sustainability, conservation and green living in general makes work fun every single day. Meet our team here!

Kayla GardinerReSource Associate

Kayla Gardiner, ReSource Associate


Kayla is a Colorado native. She has a diverse background in the mechanical, construction, political, and medical fields. She studied Aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado after high school. More recently she has interned on several different political campaigns, and obtained her National Emergency Medical Technician certification in August of 2015. These days in addition to her work at ReSource she also does side jobs as a handyperson around the Boulder area. When Kayla is not at work she can often be found fixing up her house or traveling in her Jeep to places where she can enjoy the great outdoors.

Abel PortilloReSource Associate

Abel Portillo, ReSource Associate


Ben WeiszAcquisitions and Deconstruction Coordinator

Ben Weisz, Acquisitions and Deconstruction Coordinator

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I am a Florida native who moved to Boulder in 2005 to attend the University of Colorado. I graduated with a degree in Anthropology and after graduation began working in sales at a local small business where I was promoted to store manager. I bring a wealth of customer service and sales experience as well as experience in landscaping and facilities management. I am excited to join the ReSource team to continue my sales role and help service community reuse and conservation.

In my free time I enjoy coaching lacrosse, attending local concerts and enjoying the outdoors with my dog.

Brandon HillSenior Manager, ReSource

Brandon Hill, Senior Manager, ReSource

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Brandon hails from Washington, D.C., and brings his years of experience working in all areas of the supply chain. His interest in sustainability began when he was establishing relationships with farmers and local vendors as the Executive Chef for an award-winning caterer with an emphasis on farm-to-table cuisine. After spending time working in corporate procurement, Brandon relocated to Colorado and joined the CRC team via ReSource in March of 2013. He can be found forming relationships with local businesses, homeowners, and contractors, constantly working to expand ReSource’s inventory of quality materials. An avid woodworker and cabinetmaker, he is always thrilled to speak with our customers about their ideas for reclaimed materials. When he’s not working, he can be found cycling around Boulder, hiking one of its many trails, or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Cesar ValenciaReSource Associate

Cesar Valencia, ReSource Associate


Clemente CastanonSenior ReSource Yard Associate

Clemente Castanon, Senior ReSource Yard Associate

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Cortney MarcinczykReSource Associate

Cortney Marcinczyk, ReSource Associate


Cortney recently relocated to Boulder from Connecticut in May 2015. In 2014, she graduated from Westfield State University with her B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Art. In college, she volunteered on various campaigns to raise money for the local homeless shelter, update the Bottle Bill and ban the use of plastic bags on campus. Prior to working at ReSource, Cortney worked as a student advisor for an online university, a sales associate at a funky local costume shop, and worked as the database coordinator for a small construction company in Norwalk, CT. Outside of work, Cortney loves to spend time outside enjoying Colorado’s amazing landscapes, catching live music and making various arts and crafts out of whatever she can find. She is ecstatic to work at ReSource so she can begin her career working in conservation and enter into the nonprofit world.

Darren NowelsWater Programs Manager, Audit & Retrofit

Darren Nowels, Water Programs Manager, Audit & Retrofit

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After growing up in Maryland, Darren traded one coast for another and moved to Seattle for college. Upon receiving his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, Darren found his way to Colorado to become a Slow the Flow auditor in the summer of 2011. Most recently, Darren spent three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, managing youth development programs in a rural secondary school. He is extraordinarily excited to be back working for CRC and making a positive impact on water conservation in Colorado. In his free time Darren can be found biking, hiking, or cooking a delicious plant-based meal.

Devon BoothSustainability Coordinator

Devon Booth, Sustainability Coordinator

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Devon moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado in 2008 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2012, she graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on policy and planning. With a deep love for the outdoors and a special bond with the landscape, she now calls Colorado home. In her spare time, she can be found skiing, hiking, or biking with friends – OR at the Boulder Human Society wishing she could adopt all the dogs!

Frank SmithVolunteer Coordinator

Frank Smith, Volunteer Coordinator


A native Cheesehead from Wisconsin, Frank joined CRC’s ReSource staff Summer 2015.  Previously, he was a part of Western Colorado Congress, a conservation and community nonprofit focusing on natural resource policy development through grassroots action.  Frank has a degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and a background that includes: Designing and selling solar systems; Growing culturally significant plants for the ‘Ahakhav Tribal Preserve in Arizona; and Restoring prairies in upper Midwest ecosystems with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Frank grew up helping on his family farm and working construction, so he’s ready to answer your questions today!

Jean LovellVolunteer, Garden In A Box

Jean Lovell, Volunteer, Garden In A Box

Jean started working as a volunteer for CRC, then called Boulder Energy Conservation Center, about 12 years ago.  Initially she helped put together a program to locate funding support from philanthropic organizations and filled in wherever other help was needed.  A few years ago she joined the Water Program and most recently is involved in putting together the electronic Garden In A Box newsletter.  Jean has always been concerned with conservation of resources and recycling and was one of the first to support the Boy Scouts’ newspaper recycling program when it started.  She says CRC really fits her value system.  It also gives her the opportunity to hone her computer skills.  Jean was a Registered Nurse, a graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver.  After her children all finished high school, she went back to school and graduated from Metro State College, then became a Nurse Practitioner, and ultimately retired from Wardenburg Student Health Center at CU-Boulder.  For much of her professional life she volunteered in nursing settings.  Her passions are her family and gardening.  One of the first things she did after retirement was to become a Master Gardener through CSU.  Hobbies include being outdoors as much as possible, reading, and travel.

Jennifer ScrogginsDirector of Finance & Administration

Jennifer Scroggins, Director of Finance & Administration

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Jen is CRC’s Director of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining CRC in November 2014, she led the finance and human resources team at The Dairy Center for the Arts. Jen has a passion for conservation having spent nearly a decade as Associate Director for an environmental nonprofit organization in the Vail Valley. She brings an extensive background in the areas of accounting, IT, human resources and staff management, having worked for large and small organizations in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, an MBA from Oklahoma State University and has completed post graduate work at Thunderbird School of Global Management. A native of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!), Jen has called Colorado home for almost 20 years. In her spare time she loves being outdoors and enjoys running, biking, hiking, snowboarding, and walks with her dog.

Josh GrossHealth and Safety Coordinator

Josh Gross, Health and Safety Coordinator


Hailing from Canada, Josh earned his Masters degree abroad in International Affairs, has traveled extensively, and can speak a few languages with varying levels of fluency.  Bringing a diverse range of experiences to Resource is very exciting as it allows him to put the idea of “thinking globally and acting locally” into action in a meaningful way. In his spare time, Josh enjoys board games, science fiction, hiking, and playing the drums. Josh believes that a light-hearted approach is as important to the creative process as the materials themselves, so don’t be surprised if you hear him crack a pun now and then around the yard!

Kate ChambersEvent Staff

Kate Chambers, Event Staff

Kate is currently a full time student at CU Boulder studying environmental sociology and cultural anthropology with a minor in creative writing. She previously worked with CRC as an event staff last year and also a water conservation specialist, and also interns with the Peace Corps. She hopes to use my degrees to get a job working with the environment and traveling the world. I do a lot of outdoor activities. When not at school or working, she can be found snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, and gardening. She also enjoys reading and writing poetry.
Why she’s excited to work at CRC again:  “I am super passionate about environmental issues and I am also a crazy plant lady, so working with the Garden in a Box program is the perfect job for me. The CRC is a great company and I have absolutely loved working here in the past.”

Kate LarsonProgram Director, Water & Energy Programs

Kate Larson, Program Director, Water & Energy Programs

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Kate joined CRC in June of 2009. Kate has a Marketing Degree from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Kate has a strong customer service and nonprofit management background. Through her experience she has gained an understanding of how education can empower a community to make sustainable choices. Kate’s passion for water conservation issues has led her to become a Colorado Master Gardener Certificate holder and develop expertise in irrigation auditing. In her spare time she enjoys running, biking, being outside, and spending time with her family.

Kathy CroasdaleSenior Manager, ReNew Our Schools

Kathy Croasdale, Senior Manager, ReNew Our Schools

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Kathy joined CRC as an intern in 2008. In September 2010, she began leading the ReNew Our Schools program. After teaching environmental and outdoor adventure education, Kathy taught science at the middle school level in the Cherry Creek School District. She earned a degree in Biology from Roanoke College in Virginia and a graduate degree in Environmental Studies through the University of Illinois. In her free time, Kathy likes to be with her family, train for triathlons, run, hike, camp, skate, ski—basically anything outdoors enjoying Colorado!

Katie KochSustainability Programs Coordinator

Katie Koch, Sustainability Programs Coordinator

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Katie is the Sustainability Programs Coordinator helping with all of CRC’s programs including the Garden In A Box program and the Water-Wise Landscape Seminars. When she is not at CRC, Katie can be found making ceramics, hiking in and around Boulder, or tackling the weeds in her community garden plot.

Katie graduated from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in Art History with minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish. She has worked at several nonprofits in the past including Growing Gardens of Boulder County and The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford, CT.

From the lady herself: “I’m excited to get into the nonprofit world again. I have always been interested in issues of water conservation, land use, and sustainability efforts, and CRC seems like a great place to try to help combat those issues. I also love learning about gardening and plants so I’m excited about Garden In A Box’s Xeriscaping efforts.”

Kevin VargaDeconstruction Associate

Kevin Varga, Deconstruction Associate


In May 2016, Kevin graduated from Colgate University with a double major in geology and geography.

Immediately after high school, Kevin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA, and deployed to Afghanistan with HMLA-367. Service to others has continued to be a big part of Kevin’s life as he has volunteered in a local fire department and worked as a wildland firefighter.

Kevin is loyal to his hometown of Pittsburgh, but his sense of adventure and love of the Earth has led him to Boulder. Working for CRC allows Kevin to do his part in supporting sustainability and conservation.

Kyle LatoskiReSource Associate

Kyle Latoski, ReSource Associate

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Kyle is a born and raised Colorado native. (Go Broncos!)  He began working in construction at the age of 16 and brings 13 years of hands-on expertise and knowledge to ReSource customers. Kyle has extensive experience in a range of trades–including framing, installing doors and windows, full house remodels, roofing, small engine repair, and deconstruction.  He is an expert with all major power tools and stays busy with woodworking jobs and side projects when not working at ReSource.  In his free time, Kyle enjoys hanging out with his wife, fishing, and camping.

Liz MarchittoDevelopment Director

Liz Marchitto, Development Director

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Liz joined our team in May as Development Director and is eager to bring the Center for ReSource Conservation’s mission to new supporters and inspire philanthropic support to help accelerate CRC’s goals. She joins us from The Nature Conservancy where she helped raise $100 million over the last 15 years from private donors who are passionate about conservation. After graduating from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin with a BA in International Studies and Japanese, Liz lived in Japan and taught English. Her adventurous spirit has taken her to some of the most beautiful places on the planet throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands, where she realized the interconnected nature of our fragile planet and common human desire to live in a peaceful, thriving, and sustainable world. Liz is a proud Green Bay Packer fanatic, a runner, and a lover of nature. In her free time, you might find her chasing after her two little girls in the park or enjoying some entertainment on the Pearl Street Mall.

Meghan LettsReSource Associate

Meghan Letts, ReSource Associate


Mike SheaSales Associate

Mike Shea, Sales Associate

Morgan ShimabukuSenior Manager, Sustainability Programs

Morgan Shimabuku, Senior Manager, Sustainability Programs

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Since 2013 Morgan has worked to initiate new water conservation programs for Colorado homeowners and businesses for CRC. She has overseen over 1000 high-efficiency toilet installations, identified millions of gallons of water saving opportunities for local businesses and implemented quick and easy fixture swapping services for restaurants to help them save water and energy. The skills and expertise she gained during her undergraduate studies in geology, graduate work at University of Colorado on a Masters in Geography, and position as a staff scientist at a water resources consulting firm, have allowed her to lead CRC’s impact analysis, quantifying their water, energy and waste-reduction efforts that are put into action across the state.  Most recently, her work analyzing the impact of CRC’s sprinkler inspection program, Slow the Flow, was published in a peer-reviewed journal.  When Morgan isn’t saving water, she enjoys spending her time enjoying water sports of all kinds in Colorado, but especially in her home state of Oregon.

Natalie AntonucciWater Programs Manager, Landscape Programs

Natalie Antonucci, Water Programs Manager, Landscape Programs

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Born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, anyone that meets Natalie will soon come to realize that she has some serious state pride; after all, it is “Almost Heaven.” After a stint as an organic permaculture farmer in Yamanashi, Japan and three years of living, breathing, and teaching yoga in Santa Monica, California, Natalie made her way to Boulder for grad school. She earned her MA in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in 2014, and through this one-of-a-kind program, she received specialized training in living systems theory, group leadership and facilitation, sustainability assessment, environmental justice, non-profit management, emotional intelligence, Nonviolent Communication, and compassion, meditation, and mindfulness practices. Her role as a Water Program Manager on CRC’s Water Team is a natural next step on her path. With a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Natalie loves to sing in her free time.

Nate LiedtkeReSource Associate

Nate Liedtke, ReSource Associate


Nate graduated from CU Boulder with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Arts. He is an artist who enjoys painting, drawing, and graphic design. When he’s not working, he loves biking around Boulder and skiing at Keystone.

Neal LuriePresident

Neal Lurie, President

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Neal is a social entrepreneur with more than 15 years of leadership experience in Fortune 500, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations. As executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, he played a lead role in increasing solar energy use across the state, growing Colorado into one of the top solar states in the nation. He also served in leadership roles at the Boulder Chamber, American Solar Energy Society, and other organizations. Previously, he developed the vision and successful plan to build the Denver-Boulder Bikeway, an 18-mile bike path now under construction in the U.S. 36 corridor. Neal received his MBA from CU’s Leeds School of Business and is a veteran of eight political campaigns. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and playing guitar.

Neka SunlinWater Programs Lead Technician

Neka Sunlin, Water Programs Lead Technician

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Neka joined CRC is 2016, bringing her professionalism and expertise to the Slow the Flow program from several different, unique fields. After receiving her BS in Marine Sciences from Texas A&M University, she worked as a biologist at a large aquarium, caring for many species of marine animals including fish, penguins and seals.  Her technical background includes work at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory where she trained astronauts to assemble the International Space Station. In addition to her passion for wildlife and the environment, she is a self-proclaimed Dallas Cowboys fan. And while Texas is her home state, Neka has enthusiastically embraced Colorado, for it’s breathtaking scenery and culture that encourages an active lifestyle.  In her spare time, she enjoys biking, snowshoeing, and hiking with her dog.

Paul FalsoneReSource Associate

Paul Falsone, ReSource Associate


Paul is a graduate of Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability. He recently moved back to Colorado, is enjoying the Front Range area, and is happy to be working at ReSource. He is passionate about creating a more sustainable world for present and future generations. Some things he loves are spending time with friends and family, music, concerts, exploring, hiking, traveling, urban planning, sustainability, and his two cats.

Rada KolmakovaCustomer Service Associate, Landscape Programs

Rada Kolmakova, Customer Service Associate, Landscape Programs

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Rada joined the CRC team in the beginning of 2017 and is eager to help her community conserve resources and achieve sustainability. Born and raised in Boulder, CO – she grew up playing in the mountains and, as a result, gained a deep love and respect for her natural surroundings. As a recent CU graduate, she is eager to put her Environmental Studies degree to work in her local community. In her spare time, she loves dancing, hiking and going on adventures both locally and abroad.

Roberta CasinelleMarketing Graphic Designer

Roberta Casinelle, Marketing Graphic Designer

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Shea DouglasReSource Associate

Shea Douglas, ReSource Associate


A Vermont native who moved to Colorado in 2013, Shea brings years of retail experience from different areas of work and is pursuing a degree as a Veterinary Technician.  Prior to ReSource, Shea did two years of national service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), serving in New Jersey shortly after Superstorm Sandy.  His interest in conservation was sparked by his service in AmeriCorps and continues to make it a part of his everyday life.  He is excited by the work that is done by CRC and ReSource to engage the community in their mission for minimal-waste.