Spark Executive Team
SPARK Institute, Inc.
Marlene is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of The SPARK Institute, the leading voice in Washington for the retirement services industry. Marlene has been supporting the organization for over 20 years. Her responsibilities include building and maintaining relationships with the SPARK membership, conference sponsors and attendees. She is also responsible for producing the SPARK conferences, including developing the agenda and soliciting sponsors, exhibitors and attendees. She also handles all aspects of financial reporting for the organization.
Marlene has over 20 years of experience in public accounting providing tax, accounting, and retirement plan services. Marlene formerly served as a financial analyst with ESPN, auditor and tax specialist for KPMG Peat Marwick and an Internal Revenue Agent for the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury.
Marlene is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also serves on the Government Affairs Committee of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce.
Marlene received her master’s degree in taxation from the University of Hartford, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Connecticut State University.