Note: All of our directors are volunteers.
Charles Paonessa, President
Charlie is our resident guru for de-construction sites, having attended classes in California for deconstruction, and deconstructed homes. Charlie has been in the construction business since 1972 and owns Dura Construction Company, which specializes in site-improvement construction—everything from simple home improvement projects to sophisticated underground work. The company also sells pavers, bricks, mulch, sand, gravel and other landscape supplies. Charlie holds an associates degree in civil engineering from Hartford State Technical College and numerous professional licenses. On a personal note, a major portion of his own home is built from used building materials.
Jerilyn Nagel, Treasurer
Jeri is a woman with many talents, which she diligently applies to all aspects of the ReCONNstruction Center (fortunately – we don’t know what we would do without her). Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, Investor, Business Owner, Retired Social Work Supervisor. She’s also on the Board of Directors of the Newington Historical Society, and the Central CT Health District and the CCHD Finance Committee. She is a Commissioner of the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, on the Newington CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) , a volunteer at Newington Community Television, and Assistant Producer of the Connecticut Conversations Television Show. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hartford.
Chad Thompson, Secretary
Chad Thompson has served on the ReCONNstruction Center’s Board of Directors since February 2009. Additionally, he serves his community as a Justice of the Peace and Notary Public while also an active member of the local political community in West Hartford where he resides. Chad is a self-employed technology consultant and volunteers his knowledge and time regularly for ReCONN and other not-for-profit organizations. Technology has been Chad’s passion since childhood and continues to be the focus of his career today.
Richard (Ric) Browne, Board Member
Ric is our impersonation of a fairy godmother, for without him, we would not be where we are. Master multi-tasker, well-organized, Ric has a diverse background as a social services worker, creative thinker, retailer, and gentle persuader. He strongly believes in our mission of building materials reuse, and keeping the environment as clean as possible.
Patricia Cocivera, Board Member
Pat always steps up to the plate, when needed, and is not afraid to get her hands dirty. She is Vice President of Commercial Appliance Repair, Inc., in Newington, CT. Commercial Appliance Repair services commercial appliances, and has been in business since 1976.
Mari Eatmon, New Board Member
Dayna Eatmon, New Board Member
David Epstein, Board Member
David Epstein, Ph.D., is a New Britain rental real estate investor. He is dedicated to reuse of building materials both in his own projects and in the world at large. David grew up in Lexington, Mass., and has lived in Connecticut since 2000. He has been a builder of houses and boats. He had the privilege of being a house-spouse for ten years while his children were young. These days David works at his maintenance list, writes a few poems, and sometimes stops in at Reconnstruction just to chat.
MaryAnn Mielniczuk, Board Member
Timothy Parola, Board Member
Tim is a retired Mechanical Engineer who has spent most of his career working for automotive and aerospace suppliers. He was the past president of a local neighborhood organization (WHVision), participated in the West Hartford CTFastrak Transit Oriented Development Planning Committee and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Tim is an experienced motorcycle rider, an MSF/CONREP motorcycle instructor, president of his BMW motorcycle club and a member of the AMA and BMWMOA.
As a homeowner, Tim has used his engineering background to work on almost every aspect of home construction.