About the Directors
David W. Deakin currently serves as Patient Advocate for the Bethel Health Care Center. Mr. Deakin has enjoyed a long and productive career in business and government service. Mr. Deakin is a former First Selectman of the Town of Bethel. He also served as deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Housing. Mr. Deakin has been active in a volunteer capacity in a host of community organizations. The Town of Bethel honored Mr. Deakin for his many contributions to the community by re-naming Bethel’s public school campus the David W. Deakin Educational Park.
John W. Hoffer, former president of Viking Wiring Co. of Brookfield, is now enjoying an active retirement following a distinguished career in the business world. Mr. Hoffer has been, and remains, active in serving to the community through participation in community organizations and institutions. He has served as chairman of the board of Danbury Savings Bank and is director emeritus of the Danbury Hospital Fund, Inc. Mr. Hoffer is a member of the Advisory Council of the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury; a member of the board of directors of Ann’s Place and a member of the Danbury Library Board of Directors. Danbury Hospital honored Mr. Hoffer for his contributions to the community by establishing the John W. Hoffer Fund for Nursing Education in Oncology.
Mark J. Nolan is managing partner of Nolan Enterprises, a successful family-owned real estate investment and development firm that manages a significant portfolio of commercial and residential properties in Danbury, including more than 500 apartments. Mr. Nolan is a recognized authority on affordable housing development and has served on various regional, State and Federal housing committees and taskforces. Mr. Nolan currently serves as chair of the Danbury Housing Partnership, whose charge includes encouraging the production of affordable housing and implementing Danbury’s Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness. Mr. Nolan’s volunteer activities include service as past-president of CityCenter Danbury, co-chair of the Advisory Council of the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, secretary of the Non-Profit Development Corporation of Danbury and board member of the Friends of Tarrywile Park. Mr. Nolan is also a member of the Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors. Mr. Nolan was honored with a Community Leader Award from WeCAHR for his efforts to address the housing needs of persons with disabilities.
Martin A. Rader, Jr. is a principal in the law firm of Pinney Payne, P.C. Mr. Rader has over twenty-five years of residential and commercial real estate law experience. Mr. Rader retired as a captain in the United State Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corp, where his experience included three years of full-time active duty service. Mr. Rader also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury from 1974 to 1984 before entering private practice. Mr. Rader is a past-president of the Danbury Bar Association and has served as legal counsel to the Non-Profit Development Corporation of Danbury, Incorporated, an entity that has created affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for low and moderate income residents.
Dr. Thomas Valluzzo, DMD is a noted periodontal surgeon who has conducted his own practice in periodontics in Danbury for over thirty years. Dr. Valluzzo is active in community affairs and has supported charitable efforts to provide dental services to under-served low income communities both at home and abroad. Dr. Valluzzo is also an avid amateur historian with a particular interest in the Civil War period. His historical research helped the Danbury Veterans Council properly honor Nathan E. Hickok, a Danbury native who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack on Fort Harrison during the Union Army’s Richmond campaign in late 1864.