Carrie L. Amos, President
Carrie has a huge heart for helping the most vulnerable people in the city of Danbury and seeing the city transformed in the process. She joined Jericho Partnership in 2007 as director of operations, was appointed executive director in 2009, and named president in 2012. Her responsibilities include leading the Jericho staff team, casting and shaping the vision for new mobilization efforts.
She has more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and has extensive experience in leadership, project management, and client-centered clinical work with individuals and groups. In addition to her position at Jericho Partnership, she is an adjunct professor of social work at Fordham University, teaching various course offerings for Bachelor- and Master-level students.
Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Manhattanville College and a Masters in Social Work at Fordham University. She served in direct clinical services at Putnam Associated Resource Centers for 12 years and has been involved in community organizing, mentoring and grant writing and clinical work. Carrie is passionate about serving God in the city through word and deed ministry in collaboration with others.
A greater Danbury area resident, Carrie and her husband, Ed, have three children; Grayce, Jackson and Cathryn.
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Crystal Perkins, Director of OPERATIONS
Crystal has been at Jericho since its earliest days, serving as Manager, Accounting and Finance, Operations Manager, Director of Partner Development, and now has been recently promoted to Director of Operations. She is responsible for working with Jericho's eight Ministry Partners on their strategic goals and outcomes, as well as overseeing the operations at Jericho Spring Street Neighborhood Center. Before a varied corporate career at companies such as NHBC as Director of Operations, MxEnergy as a Compliance Analyst, IBM as an Associate Program Manager, and Enterprise Social Investment Corp. as an Investment Management Administrator, Crystal earned her BA in Political Science at Hampton University, and her MBA at Strayer University. A Danbury native, Crystal enjoys playing tennis, interior decorating, and mentoring students. She is an active member of New Hope Baptist Church in Danbury. Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 – “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
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Harry Pugner, Director of Facilities
Harry, who has decades of experience in the building and construction industry, has been overseeing the maintenance and expansion of Jericho’s facilities since the Partnership started more than 10 years ago. Time and time again, he’s seen the Lord’s hand in the process, further cementing his strong faith and trust in Christ. Harry graduated from Henry Abbott Regional Technical School, Danbury, and DeVrey Institute of Electronics, and attended Western Connecticut State University and Berean College. He served in the United States Air Force from 1965 – 1969. He was recently elected to the Deacon Board at First Assembly of God in Brookfield and serves as the District Men’s Director of the Southern New England District Assemblies of God. Harry and his wife Lorette live in Danbury; they have three sons, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Harry is an avid golfer and also loves ballroom dancing with Lorette, going out two nights a week to feed their passion.
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Lisa Siedlecki, Director of MARKETING & Communications
Lisa joined the Jericho team July 2016 as Director of Communications after a short time as a consultant. She was recently named Director of Marketing & Communications, and is responsible for shepherding the time, talent and treasures God brings our way (volunteer and gift partners), as well as raising Jericho's awareness in the community. Prior to a recent two-year stint as Director of Corporate Communications at Origami Owl in Chandler, AZ, Lisa was served as Communications Director at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel for most of her 13 years there. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University in 1985, (B.A. in English: Writing) she worked for nearly two decades at The News-Times in Danbury as a reporter and columnist before her time at Walnut Hill. A food and wine enthusiastic, she loves to cook for friends and family. She’s also a drummer on Walnut Hill’s worship team, and is part of the duo “Ellipses.” She and her husband, Mike, have six grown children and two grandchildren. They live in Southbury and are active members of Walnut Hill Community Church.
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Michael Ronan, Administration & human resources
Michael joined Jericho Partnership in 2008 after a career in business and law, serving as Secretary, Treasurer, Stewardship Director, and Director of Operations. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor from Pace Law School. He worked for the Perkin-Elmer Corporation in Danbury during the design, manufacturing and build of the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, then practiced law in Danbury for more than 20 years before joining Jericho. Michael attends St. Joseph’s Seminary at Dunwoodie, Yonkers, NY, studying toward a Masters of Arts in Theology. He is a candidate for ordination to the order of deacon in the Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Bridgeport. Michael is the Executive Director of Kevin’s Community Center Free Medical Clinic in Newtown and has served on numerous nonprofit and community boards over the course of his career. He and his wife Kathy are Newtown residents and active parishioners of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, particularly in men’s and women’s ministries. They have three grown children: Kristin, Matthew and Timothy.
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Mark lounsbury, Stewardship coordinator
Mark has spent over 20 years serving the at-risk population of Greater Danbury. Most recently, he was Director of Programs for REACH-Newtown, a youth-services organization offering mentorship, after-school tutoring, weekend expeditions, and more to referred students. Prior to that, Mark served as Ministry Director for Pathways Danbury, a Jericho ministry partner, offering mentoring for at-risk middle- and high school boys.
In addition to his work in the nonprofit sector, Mark also serves as an Associate Pastor at Lighthouse Ministries, serving alongside his mother and father in the city of Danbury.
It is his strongly held belief that healthy relationships are the key to a successful life. Consequently, Mark consistently works to create environments where interpersonal connections and genuine community can flourish.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Western Connecticut State University (Magna Cum Laude), and a Master of Divinity from The King’s University, Los Angeles (Summa Cum Laude), where he was a Dr. Scott G. Bauer Memorial Award Finalist for academic excellence.
Mark lives in Southbury with his wife, Sandra, and their four children. He enjoys reading, writing, coaching youth sports, playing ultimate frisbee, and vigorously cheering on his kids at their myriad athletic events.
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Dotsy Torres, CityServe coordinator
Dotsy is a recent addition to our staff, having been hired to serve as CityServe Coordinator after working for five years as Director of the Summer Learning Camp at Jericho's Spring Street Neighborhood Center. Before coming to Jericho full time, Dotsy was a teacher at Christian Life Academy for 12 years and, prior to that, was Office Manager for a law firm in New York City. She received a BS in Child Studies from Charter Oak State College. An active member of First Assembly of God in Brookfield (where she's led various programs for children and girls), she has volunteered in the area of childcare with YoungLives for the last six years. She's married to Benny Torres; they have four children and are currently fostering a child.
Her favorite bible passage is Isaiah 61:1-4 - "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion -to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair… They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations."
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Michelli anatolio, case manager
Michelli – a candidate to earn her degree in Social Work in May 2019 from Western Connecticut State University – says that “social work is more than a career; it is a calling.” Passionate about people, she joined the Jericho team in March 2017, after having volunteered at Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center since 2014. Her husband Rafael had a rare disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2013 and nearly died, but today she is praising God that he is alive with no side effects; his illness, she said, was “a life-changing experience.” Today, the couple lives in New Milford and attend Calvary Chapel Ministry, their church since 2013. One of Michelli’s favorite bible verses is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according his purpose.”
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Donna Cook, Administrative Assistant
Donna, who has a passion for helping people, joined the Jericho staff December 2015 after volunteering at its welcome desk and administrative offices since April of that year. For most of her life, Donna lived in Massachusetts, where she volunteered for several years at ‘The Wish Project,’ a furniture, home goods and baby supplies bank in Lowell MA, which serves clients of nonprofit agencies in the Merrimack Valley. In her professional career, Donna worked in various levels of IT, from programmer to project leader and SAP application support. She is currently an active member of Faith at Newtown church, Sandy Hook and volunteers at least three days a week at the Monroe Food Pantry, serving clients there. She and her husband Ken have two grown boys, who live in Lowell.
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maria terilli, bookkeeper
A Danbury area resident for 40 years, Maria joined our staff as a part-time bookkeeper in February 2018, bringing more than seven years experience in that role, to ensure that our practices here at Jericho remain at the highest level. She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and holds a BA in Human Resources Management.
Maria has a huge heart for serving and currently volunteers for multiple organization that serve the poor and disadvantaged.
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