268 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810
Pictured left to right: Tom Devine; Two Steps Downtown Grille/ Ciao! Catering and Events, Roger Palanzo; City of Danbury, Antonio Santiago; Naugatuck Valley Community College, Deborah Pacific; Parking Authority, Perry Salvagne; Hodge Insurance Agency, Sharon Calitro; City of Danbury, Robert Steinberg; Property Owner, Alicia Damia Ghio; rmedia, Chris Furey; Virtual Density, Manny Carreras, Property Owner, Art Stueck, REI Property & Asset Management, Inc., Jeff McDonough; Union Savings Bank, Pat Kelley, Savings Bank of Danbury, Paul Steinmetz; Western Connecticut State University
Photo By: Renato Ghio of rmedia
PJ PRUNTY, Executive Director
P.J. is born and raised in Danbury and is a proud product of the public education system, graduating in 2006 from Danbury High School. P.J. went on to study Political Science at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where he played football for the Hawks.
After graduating, P.J. joined Mayor Mark Boughton’s staff in the summer of 2010 as the Community Services Coordinator where he served in this role for five years. During his time at City Hall, P.J. received his Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Ethical Leadership from Marist College.
In December of 2014, P.J. married his college sweetheart Kara Foro in Key West, Florida. They moved to Saratoga Springs, NY where P.J. worked at Empire State College in the President’s office for one year. In August of 2015, P.J. moved back to his hometown as he was hired as the Executive Director of CityCenter Danbury. Kara and P.J. welcomed their first child into their family in December of 2016, a boy- Theodore “Theo” Davis Prunty.
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Hobbies: Watching sports, driving & exploring, playing with my son Theo.
Favorite sports teams: Notre Dame Football, NY Yankees & NY Giants
PAT HEMBROOK, Managing Director
Pat Hembrook has worked at CityCenter for over 12 years. She is the former Executive Director of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce and a former small business owner of Pat’s Promotions.
A 36 year resident of New Milford she has been a longtime active volunteer. Besides being involved with the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford for 35 years, Pat is also currently an active member of the New Milford Lion’s Club and serves on the New Milford Youth Agency Board and is a trustee on the New Milford Historical Society Board of Directors. Pat lives in New Milford with her husband, Paul, and has two adult children, Brian, who resides in New Milford with his wife and two sons and Jackie who lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons also.
Hometown: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Hobbies: Line Dancing, Reading, Crocheting
Favorite Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
ANGELA WONG, Events & Development Director
After graduating from Cornell University and working as a biomedical engineer for several years, Angela realized that she wanted to spend more time with people instead of laboratory mice. While in Madison, Wisconsin she discovered her love of food & photography, which blossomed while working as a freelance food photographer for local publications and restaurants. She now writes a food blog at TheCuriousMouse.com, is highly involved in local Danbury groups such as Get Downtown – Danbury and Connecticut Young Professionals, and she is in constant pursuit of her next culinary adventure. She currently resides in Downtown Danbury with her husband, James (and hopefully soon, a dog too).
Hometown: Huron, Ohio
Hobbies: Cooking, food photography + blogging, traveling
Favorite Song: depends on her mood!
JEANNINE USHER, Administrative Assistant/Social Media
Jeannine Usher is from Rockland County, New York. She has been living in the Danbury area since 1996. Prior to joining CityCenter, Jeannine has worked at Ethan Allen Inc, Sprint, ENTEX, and PaperDirect. She attended the State University of New York, College at Oneonta where she received a Bachelor’s degree in English. Jeannine has been at CityCenter Danbury for 6 years. She is also a Realtor with Coldwell Banker covering the entire Danbury/Candlewood Lake area. Jeannine is a busy Mom of 6 year old twins, Alexa and Ryan and 11 year old daughter, Brianna. Jeannine and her family reside in New Milford.
Hometown: Congers, New York
Hobbies: Fitness, Zumba, Music, the beach
Favorite Song: Make You Feel My Love, Adele
Erik Carr grew up and went to schools in Danbury, including St. Peter’s, Immaculate High School and W.C.S.U. Erik enjoys coaching for the Bethel Youth Soccer Association. Erik and his wife, Renee and son Cameron live in Bethel, Connecticut.
Hobbies: Watching & playing soccer
Favorite sports teams: NY Mets, Syracuse University, and Liverpool FC
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