Board of Directors

Note: All of our directors are volunteers.

Charles Paonessa, President

Charles 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 hardscape supplies. He 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 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 - Reconnstruction Center Board of DirectorsChad 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.

Ric Browne - Reconnstruction Center Board of DirectorsRic Browne, Director

Patricia Cocivera, Director

Pat is Vice President of Commercial Appliance Repair, Inc., in Newington, CT and recently joined the Board. Commercial Appliance Repair services commercial appliances, and has been in business since 1976.


MaryAnn Mielniczuk, Director

Liam Mitchell, Director

Liam brings a wealth of building and construction knowledge, from residential to commercial buildings, and various types of building materials including pre-engineered steel and masonry.

Joan Silverio, Director

Joan Silverio

Joan has a very diverse professional background. Her previous positions range from architectural marketing, to pension analyst, to technical writing. She currently works as a Marketing Manager for a medical device manufacturer. She is also the owner of Your Internet Marketing Strategist, a company that provides online marketing, web design and Search Engine Optimization services to small and medium businesses. In her position on the board of the ReCONNstruction Center, Joan proudly points to her interest in renewable resources, including straw bale homes, and rammed earth construction.