AZENTIVE offers an integrated approach to healthy profits, people, and places™ through comprehensive solutions that leverage behavioral sciences, proven and cutting-edge technologies, and innovative business practices.
We envision a healthy world where all people are active stewards of an environmentally
and economically sustainable planet today and for future generations.
We empower people, businesses, and communities to become more healthy, eliminate wasted resources, and
reap financial benefits by integrating behavioral science, technologies, policy solutions, and business solutions.
Our Company Pillars
Combining talents and passions allows common goal alignment with our team, our partners, our customers.
Doing the right thing – even when it’s difficult – is good for our customers, our company, our planet.
Embracing our experiences, our projects, and societal progress enables adaptation.
Trusting that we are all doing our best allows us to uphold our values and guiding principles.
Everyone is a leader. Taking personal ownership fosters collaboration, character, and creativity.
The AZENTIVE team is a dynamic collaboration of master practitioners and experts in behavioral, social and building sciences, public health and wellness initiatives, technology and design, and much more.
Read our respective bios below and learn about the professional backgrounds, education, training, and fun pursuits that define our unique and diverse team.
Kat A. Donnelly, Ph.D., P.E., Founder & CEO
Kat is a nationally recognized behavior change, technology, and strategy expert with 25 years of professional experience in the energy efficiency and clean energy industry. She’s a true adventurer, enjoying extended travel, hiking, and backpacking trips in large mountainous regions all across the globe.
Kat is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AZENTIVE, overseeing product and business development, strategic planning, and client relations. Previously, she has managed numerous large-scale, community-based behavior and cultural change energy initiatives. For example, Kat served as program co-designer and evaluator for a $4.2 million Department of Energy (DOE) project entitled the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, as well as co-leading the marketing, strategy, and engagement design for Duke Energy’s Smart Energy Now® commercial behavior program, which rolled into Envision Charlotte. Kat also directed Empower Efficiency’s work on two similar large-scale behavior and cultural change programs for an Investor Owned Utility (IOU), including the residential pilot in three medium-sized cities and the commercial pilot in two large cities in California.
She is a valued advisor to various organizations and clients on energy-related topics, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Behavior Energy and Climate Change conference (BECC), Public Utility Commissions, IBM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), San Diego County, and Stanford University.
Kat holds two Masters of Science degrees and a Ph.D. from MIT with a focus on energy efficiency, clean energy, and behavior change; she is also a licensed engineer. An experienced and successful entrepreneur, she is the Founder and CEO of Empower Efficiency (2014), and the Founder and President of Empower Devices and Associates (2008).
Sundarajan Mutialu, CSO, COB, Co-Founder
Sundarajan is a serial entrepreneur and technology evangelist with demonstrated experience in developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic growth. He is also a musician, music producer, DJ, and photographer, who enjoys live music and being with and in nature more than just about anything in the world.
Sundarajan is the Chief Strategy Officer and COB of AZENTIVE, with a focus on sustainable and earth-friendly technologies, win-win partnerships, as well as the development, optimization, and monetization of intellectual property.He is a mechanical engineer with a specialty in materials sciences and over 25 years of professional experience in developing, optimizing, marketing, and selling a variety of technologies. Sundarajan has developed technologies and materials for a variety of companies. Some notable technologies include equipment, materials, or processes for Fortune 100 Silicon Valley companies, major aerospace firms, thin film coatings and equipment, and a variety of development and marketing efforts for energy efficiency technologies.He has broad hands-on experience in corporate governance coupled with the direct strategic growth of small to medium firms. He has founded two successful technology and materials conferences and was a key player in stimulating new technology interchanges between international research and development organizations.
Sundarajan has run several non-profit organizations, serves on the advisory boards for quite a few companies, is active in the entertainment and music industries, and is a licensed real estate professional.
Richard A. DiSanto, President
Richard A. DiSanto specializes in operations, human resource management, and strategic planning. He loves to listen to Jazz and House music, is a self-proclaimed foodie moving into vegetarian mode, and is an art aficionado with interests in art, architecture, interior design, furniture, Persian rugs and sculpture.
As AZENTIVE’s President, Richard works closely with the CEO and oversees day-to-day operations of the company, ensuring everything runs smoothly and efficiently with optimum performance.He draws on over 30 years of experience in the consulting, advertising, sales and marketing, and thin film industries, with responsibility for administration; human resources; strategy, planning and operations management; financial planning; program and project management; key enterprise account management; quality assurance/ISO implementation; customer satisfaction; and team development and mentoring.
Jennifer Cundiff, Director of Finance
AZENTIVE’s Director of Finance, Jennifer Cundiff specializes in accounting, bookkeeping, human resources, and operations. She also loves teaching her dog new tricks, staying active, and gardening.
As a former Project Manager for Connecticut’s Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, Jennifer oversaw multiple partner operations and project deliveries including application development, website development, contractor sales, online marketing, and collateral production.Jennifer received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut, with a minor in Environmental Economics and Policy.
David Younan-Montgomery, LEED GA, Engagement Manager
David specializes in customer outreach and engagement, behavior campaign implementation, and project management. David brings a customer-focused, community-based approach that enhance the triple bottom line – people, planet, profits. David is our resident pop culture guru and a board game fanatic. He’s also a veteran vegetarian with a deep and abiding love for spicy curry.
Sara Fonseca, Marketing Project Manager
Sara Fonseca specializes in marketing and project management. She has worked extensively in the technology space, helping to build and execute global marketing campaigns in the games industry. In her spare time Sara loves to paint and sing along to Bossa Nova.
Despite her tidy desk and task lists, she is a creative at heart and has expertise in copywriting, content creation and graphic design. Sara has worked in partnership with tech giants Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Samsung. Her passion for sustainability led her to AZENTIVE, and to volunteer for several non-profits over the years.
Kirstin Pinit, Project Manager
Kirstin Pinit specializes in process management, drawing on more than 15 years of professional experience in consulting, marketing and the arts to bring creative solutions to every project. She’s a spiritual seeker who practices compassion and open-hearted living in lots of ways – on the yoga mat, skateboarding with her two boys, or hiking near her home in the Pacific Northwest.
Over the past 10 years in the energy efficiency field, with PECI (Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.), and other organizations, she has managed program design and consulting projects, energy management information systems (EMIS) research and pilots; commissioning and retro-commissioning research and training program development; technical support for energy efficiency policy implementation; and codes and standards research and development. Kirstin works collaboratively with clients and project teams to determine objectives, goals, and implementation plans that drive lasting change in communities and organizations. Kirstin’s educational foundations are in marketing, organizational development, and fine art.