Andrew Clark is the Director of the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at Central Connecticut State University.
As Director, Mr. Clark works to facilitate efficient and effective solutions to critical issues facing Connecticut policymakers. The IMRP brings together a dedicated team of CCSU faculty, staff, and students with state and national experts to provide immediate and long-range policy solutions.
Prior to coming to CCSU in 2005, Mr. Clark served as clerk of the Connecticut General Assembly's Appropriations Committee and aide to House Chair William Dyson for 5 years, where he assisted in the development and passage of significant criminal justice system reform legislation. He also served as clerk of the Transportation Committee for one year, and deputy clerk of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee for one session.
Mr. Clark has also worked as carpenter, roofer, landscaper, hauler, irrigationist, substitute teacher, baseball coach and local sportswriter. His first job was as a delivery boy for the Hartford Courant. Having grown up in the East Farms section of Farmington, Mr. Clark has called Hartford his home for the past 20 years.
Phone: (860) 832-1871
Aileen Keays Yeager, M.S., is a Project Manager at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). As Project Manager, Mrs. Yeager works closely with leaders of Connecticut's criminal justice agencies, community members, not-for-profits, advocates and legislators to promote effective public policy through research, consultation, project management and program evaluation.
Since 2008, Mrs. Yeager has managed the Institute's Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative, overseeing several projects related to parental incarceration. This includes supervising the delivery of services to children and families dealing with parental incarceration, as well as the evaluation of these services to determine their effectiveness in alleviating any negative consequences of parental incarceration while enhancing the youths' and families' positive attributes. In addition, since 2008 Mrs. Yeager has provided technical assistance to the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System which, through statutory charge, is "dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic disparity in the criminal justice system." Furthermore, during 2011 to 2013, Mrs. Yeager was a member of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Access to Justice Commission that seeks to support and pursue the Judicial Branch's goal of providing equal access to justice in Connecticut's criminal justice system.
Previous to her employment with the IMRP, Mrs. Yeager worked at the University of New Haven's Crime Victim Study Center while earning her Masters in Forensic Science with a concentration in Advanced Investigation. Prior to attending graduate school, Mrs. Yeager worked in the social services field in various capacities, including managing a group home for developmentally disabled adults and another for mentally ill adults. She also worked as Foster Care Social Worker in Detroit, Michigan as well as Youth Services Officer at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School. Mrs. Yeager completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at the University of Connecticut.
In spite of Mrs. Yeager's extensive involvement working on behalf of, and with those affected by incarceration, she found herself completely unprepared for dealing with the effects of having a loved one incarcerated when it encroached into her life. The experience will forever impact her work for, and with, those affected by incarceration.
Phone: (860) 832-1873
Alex Tsarkov is Executive Director of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission. Mr. Tsarkov joined the Connecticut Sentencing Commission as its first full-time Executive Director in November 2015. As Director, Alex assists the Commission in its mission to review pre-trial and sentencing policies and make policy recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor.
Prior to joining the Commission, Alex worked for the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD) as a Court Planner for two years. There, he managed over $8 million in contracts with non-profit agencies providing services to pre-trial, family and probation clients. In addition, Alex analyzed, developed, and implemented strategies to reduce recidivism rates among adults under the JBCSSD supervision.
Prior to the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division, Alex worked at the Connecticut General Assembly from 2007 to 2013. As the clerk of the Judiciary Committee and Aide to State Representative Gerry Fox, III, he worked on numerous issues affecting the state's criminal justice system including diversionary programs, eyewitness identification and juvenile sentencing.
Alex holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Trinity College and is in his final year at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Ken Barone is a Policy and Research Specialist with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University. Mr. Barone works with CCSU faculty, staff and students, and state and national experts to promote effective public policy through research, consultation, and project management.
Since 2012, Mr. Barone has managed the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (CTRP3). This project works to implement the state's Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling law, which is funded by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The Alvin W. Penn law requires law enforcement agencies to collect information on traffic stops and report that information to CCSU. The information will be analyzed to provide the public with information on police activity. The project also strives to inform the public of their rights during and after a traffic stop.
In addition, Mr. Barone has provided project assistance to the Juvenile Jurisdiction Policy and Operations Coordinating Council, the Connecticut Re-entry Roundtable Collaborative, and the Institute's Children of Incarcerated Parent's Initiative.
Prior to working with the IMRP, Mr. Barone has worked as a Research and Policy Assistant for former state legislator and holder of the Governor William A. O'Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics, Mr. William R. Dyson. Mr. Barone has coordinated statewide conferences and leadership forums to promote the importance of public service to Connecticut's youth. As a Research and Policy Assistant,
Mr. Barone has worked with many departments on campus to give students leadership opportunities. Mr. Barone received his M.S. in Counselor Education and a Bachelor in Arts with a major in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University.
Phone: (860) 832-1872
Fax: (860) 832-0071
Amjad Khan is a Financial Analyst at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at Central Connecticut State University. Amjad assists with the financial administration of IMRP grants, contracts and legislative appropriations. Additionally, Amjad also maintains the data analysis for the Children of Incarcerated Parents Project which provides positive interventions for at-risk youth whose parent(s) and/or family members have been incarcerated.
Amjad is originally from Tanzania, East Africa and came to the United States for studies. He graduated from CCSU in 2005 and worked as a Student Worker at CCSU's Grants Office which maintains revenue and expenditure records for Federal, State and Local Grants and prepares financial reports and statements for all external grant awards.
After completing his Bachelors, Amjad went on to work for a Manufacturing Company in Istanbul, Turkey and returned to the United States as a permanent resident in October 2008.
Phone: (860) 832-1953
Hannah Hurwitz is a Program Administrator at the IMRP assisting with the New Haven youth violence prevention project as well as the CIP Initiative. For the CIP Initiative, Hannah oversees grant-funded programs that involve collaboration between higher education and the broader community for the mutual benefit of participants and children with an incarcerated parent. She also administers IMRP's CIP scholarship program which provides financial support to incoming college or University freshman that have experienced familial incarceration.
Prior to joining the IMRP, Hannah led CCSU's Office of Community Engagement since August, 2012. Prior to that, she served one year as an Americorps VISTA at CCSU and helped to build capacity for Community Central. In both of these roles, Hannah created new relationships with community organizations, residents, faculty and students. With a focus on the most pressing community issues and student/faculty interest, many people were able to benefit from a wide variety of collaborative and mutually beneficial programs, activities, and events each semester.
In 2012, Hannah received the "Best Non-Arts Organization" award on behalf of Community Central from the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance.
In 2014, Hannah received a Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award for Faculty/Staff.
Phone: (860) 832-1878
James Fazzalaro is the project manager for the CT Racial Profiling Prohibition Project and provides other research assistance to the IMRP. His legislative experience comes from his work for over 36 years at the Connecticut General Assembly's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research. He was a principle research analyst specializing in transportation and public safety policy among other topic areas. During his legislative career, he provided in-depth research that resulted in many of the transportation and motor vehicle laws currently in Connecticut. Over the past 4 years, James has managed the implementation of the Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Act. In addition, he was a primary author on the 2015 IMRP study of Transportation Network Companies in Connecticut. His Bachelor's degree is from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and he has a Master's in Government from American University in Washington, D.C.
Mary M. Janicki is Senior Research and Policy Analyst with the IMRP. Her legislative experience comes from her work for over 28 years at the Connecticut General Assembly's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research. She was a research analyst specializing in election, campaign finance, and ethics policy and for six years was the office director. During her legislative career, she was also active in the National Conference of State Legislatures. She has served on two local charter commissions. Her Bachelor's degree is from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois and has a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford.
John Noonan is a Senior Budget and Policy Analyst with the IMRP working on the Results First Initiative. He was most recently the budget section director with the State of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management (Governor's budget office) overseeing the preparation and execution of the state's fiscal and program policies for Education and Workforce Development agencies - early childhood education through higher education, labor, economic development, housing and others. During his career, he has promoted improvements in financial and policy decision-making such as the installation of Business Intelligence software in Connecticut which uses the existing IT systems to produce analytic information for quick evaluation and problem-solving.
John has been an active member of the National Association of State Budget Officers. His Bachelor's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA) and his Master's degree in Public Administration is from the Rockefeller School of Public Policy at SUNYA.
Ben Daigle, Esq., MPA
Policy and Research Specialist
Ben joined the IMRP team in September 2016. He assists with grant management and strategic planning for the Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents (CTCIP) Initiative, serves as administrator of the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, contributes to IMRP and CTCIP social media, and partners on other projects and events as needed.
Ben's career reflects his commitment to social justice and collaborative community empowerment. In roles at the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services, he has fought for indigent persons' rights through public policy advocacy and direct client representation. As project leader at the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (Division for Youth), Ben facilitated interagency juvenile justice reform efforts locally and across six municipalities, and formalized grantmaking to standardize review and embed results-based accountability (RBA). As public policy director at the Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA), he advocated to expand economic opportunity and managed statewide and New England-wide capacity-building grants. As project coordinator at the City of Bridgeport Department of Central Grants and Community Development, Ben managed a public-private initiative to build faith-based nonprofits' capacity to prevent and reduce homelessness. As committee clerk and legislative aide at the Connecticut General Assembly, he supported diverse legislators and committees, working on issues such as government administration, higher education, workforce development, statewide conservation and development, and transportation. As a summer camp counselor and administrator in the Berkshires, Ben worked with campers and staff from across the globe, planning activities to foster respect and friendship through adventure and fun.
Ben has served on various nonprofit, civic, and political boards and committees. He holds BA, MPA, and JD degrees from the University of Connecticut, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar.
Josh Therriault is the Visual Media Director at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at Central Connecticut State University.
As the Media Director, Mr. Therriault works with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy and his colleagues to generate professional and polished visual material to accompany and showcase the IMRP's work. Mr. Therriault and his colleagues have created and continue to create films and public service announcements for several IMRP initiatives. The films and PSA's are written, produced, filmed, and edited in housed at CCSU. All of the Media work of the IMRP can be viewed here.
Mr. Therriault has been freelancing in the Tri-State area on large scale film and commercial sets. Mr. Therriault has held several positions from Grip and Electric to Producing. He continues to produce his own work and submit it to film festivals and award shows. Mr. Therriault has won the WSWC PSA contest in 2010, and placed 2nd in 2011 and 2012. His short films were showcased at the Las Vegas International Film Festival, Trinity Film Festival and the 15 Minutes of Fame Film Festival. He won a Best Editing Award for his short film Fixated at the Re:Image film festival in 2012.
Phone: (860) 916-5871
Dr. Jacob Werblow teaches courses in secondary / k-12 teaching methods, society and education, and educational research. The emphasis of his research focuses on school equity and effectiveness, student success, and parent engagement. During his tenure at CCSU, Dr. Werblow has helped raise nearly one-million dollars in grant funding for projects involving at-risk youth and has published articles in top academic journals, such as: The High School Journal, American Secondary Education, Equity and Excellence in Education, and Multicultural Perspectives. He has assisted IMRP with projects for supporting children of incarcerated parents (CIP) and institutionalizing Kingian Nonviolence in New Haven.
James M. Conway, PhD, is a professor of Psychological Science at Central Connecticut State University. He has been head of the evaluation team for the IMRP's Children of Incarcerated Parents initiative since 2008, evaluating a variety of interventions for CIP. His research is also focused on children of incarcerated parents, e.g., on community-level factors affecting children and families.
Jim has a bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY Binghamton and received his PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Connecticut. He has been on the faculty at CCSU since 1998, and prior to that was on the psychology faculty at Seton Hall University for six years.
Phone: (860) 832-3107
Ashley Provencher is an economic consultant for the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) and Assistant Professor of Economics at Siena College. Since 2011, Ashley has worked with IMRP as the lead evaluator of the REACT model, and provides consulting services on various CIP initiatives. She also serves on the Working Group of the Connecticut Results First Initiative, a justice reinvestment initiative in Connecticut. Ashley conducts national and state-level research on program evaluation and policy analysis on a variety of issues, including child welfare, children with incarcerated parents, and poverty. She completed her Ph. D. in Economics at American University and her B.S. at Simmons College. In addition to academic work and teaching at Siena, Ashley is an advocate for community re-entry services for formerly incarcerated people in the Albany-area, where she currently lives. She is originally from Norwich, Connecticut.
Phone: (518) 783-4144
Student Workers and Interns
Tyler Lublin is a sophomore at CCSU currently majoring in Mathematics. He works on the Racial Profiling Project under Ken Barone. He is responsible for compiling the data for the first report commissioned by the state and resides in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. He is excited as he gets to put his mathematical skills to use for this meaningful information.