Steve Greenberg has been the Chairman of the Charles Ives Authority since its founding in 2007. Steve’s involvement in the community has included work with many local organizations including being past president/treasurer of the Rotary Club, he is a Paul Harris Fellow, a recipient of Amos House’s 2010 Good Samaritan Award, active member of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, past board member/treasurer of the Northern Fairfield Association of Realtors and recipient of their Affiliate of the Year Award. He resides in Danbury with his wife Lauren and their dogs Theo and Jack, is a 26-year veteran of the mortgage banking industry, is an ex-drummer & trombone player, and an old Ramones fan. Steve is often seen wandering the Ives grounds during events greeting guests and friends, and beware of his foraging for hot dogs.
Tony Vournazos is a local attorney with an office in Danbury for over 25 years. He practices Real Estate, Estate and Elder Law. In addition to the Ives, Tony has also been a member of Rotary and other civic groups. He has taught real estate and finance courses through the American Banking Institute and has been named “Teacher of the Year.” Tony is an avid skier, fisherman and scuba diver. He is the Board Treasurer and resides in Newtown with his wife and three children.
Sherri Hill: A public relations professional for more than 25 years, Sherri Hill is associate director of University Relations at Western Connecticut State University. Sherri formerly was director of public relations for two entertainment industry trade associations (NARM and VSDA) and also ran her own PR consulting company. She serves the Ives as Board Secretary. A live music enthusiast, Sherri lives in Bethel with her boyfriend and has a daughter who attends college in Boston.
Paul Reis: Paul Reis is Vice President for Finance and Administration at Western Connecticut State University, a post he has held since August 2010. Prior to that, he was Vice Provost for Planning and Budget at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he worked for 10 years. Roosevelt University is home to the Auditorium Theatre, a national landmark, which gave Paul his first taste of the entertainment industry. He joined the Ives Board shortly after arriving in Connecticut and serves as the primary liaison between Ives and Western. He and his wife, Mary Jane, live in Wilton with their young daughter and several deer, turkey and frogs.
Noel Roy II: A lifelong resident of Danbury, Noel owns and operates a family business in Danbury. Community-minded, he has served several local charitable organizations by being fully committed to their success and ability to continue servicing the needs of our community. Noel is proud to be a part of such a beautiful venue, where the live music in the Ives outside setting is such a great experience.
Gina Marcus: A lifelong lover of the arts, Gina grew up with a Mom who brought her to every outlet for the arts possible. Gina has worked during her career as an event planner for places like The Parrish Art Museum, The New York Botanical Garden, The Katonah Museum of Art and Marcus Dairy. Now, she is married to a wonderful guy and has a 5-year-old daughter who is currently being groomed to be the next Prima ballerina for The American Ballet Theater or the newest member of the E Street Band – it could go either way.
Frank Herbert has been on the board since it was founded prior to the 2007 season. He has been a major force behind the Fine Arts Series as a director, producer and production manager and has 35 years of professional performing arts experience in Connecticut, New York and internationally. Frank was the founding Chairman of the WCSU Theatre Department in the school of Visual and Performing Arts. He serves on the HVCA board, The Child Care Commission and The Friends of The North Castle Library board. Frank looks forward to collaborating with the Ives board, university and community to bring an even broader set of cultural offering at Ives. “Ives is a beautiful setting where great things are going on.”
Fernando Jiménez is a professional musician/conductor and a member of the faculty of the Music Department at WCSU. Dr. Jiménez is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he has participated as guest conductor with symphony orchestras, opera companies and wind ensembles in Texas; Louisiana; Georgia; New York, and New England. He has also been invited as a guest lecturer and guest conductor in Central America and Venezuela. He has been a member of the Ives Authority since its inception in 2007 and functions as the Conductor/Music Director of the Ives Festival Symphony Orchestra.
Ellen Cavallo-Buccitti has lived in the Greater Danbury area for 35 years and is the broker of Independent Realty Group, a local real estate company where she specializes in the areas lake communities. Ellen is an avid gardener and enjoys creating and caring for the gardens with her husband David at their home near Candlewood Lake. Her love of gardening was the inspiration behind the Ives Adopt-A-Garden program. Ellen is excited to be on the Ives Center Board and she looks forward to working with local gardeners and landscapers to enhance the gardens at the Ives Park.
Eileen Curran: A director of marketing communications for a global company, Eileen Curran grew up walking the Ives Concert Park trails with her family. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University, she enjoys participating in community events that help enhance the local living experience, and is excited to participate as a member of the Ives. She is a lifelong Danbury resident.
Brett DeWeese: An event management and trade show professional for over 19 years, Brett DeWeese is the director of International Sales for Reed Exhibitions, a leading trade show organizer in Norwalk, Conn. He currently works on events for the publishing, golf, casino, eye care, pharmaceutical processing and transportation/logistic industries. An avid music fan and concert goer, Brett has been volunteering at the Ives for more than nine years. Brett grew up in Danbury and lives in Brookfield with his wife Joanne and daughter Emma.
Tanya Wulff Truax: Tanya Wulff Truax is a marketing professional that has worked in the Fairfield County banking industry for many years. She is Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations & Relationship Strategies at Newtown Savings Bank, and holds an MBA from Sacred Heart University. The eldest of three siblings, Tanya was born in Germany and raised in Italy, Spain and England until the family relocated to the U.S. in her teens. She was exposed to a variety of cultures from a young age, and has maintained a passion for travel, eclectic music and ethnic cuisine to this day. Tanya lives in Monroe, Conn., with her husband Steve and their multitude of pets, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.