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.
Mr. Clark is currently head of the IMRP project team administering competitive grants that aim to provide positive interventions for children of incarcerated parents. In addition, Mr. Clark is Acting Executive Director of the recently-established Connecticut Sentencing Commission which seeks to review current and proposed legislation affecting sentencing policies and practices in Connecticut to promote affective, balanced and responsible criminal sentencing. He is also project director for a grant from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration that is being utilized to implement the state’s Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling law.
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.
Phone: (860) 832-1871
Fax: (860) 832-0071
Aileen Keays, M.S., is a Research Specialist at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). As a Research Specialist, Ms. Keays works closely with leaders of Connecticut's criminal justice agencies, not-for-profits, advocates and legislators, as well as the people living in Connecticut who are affected by the state’s criminal justice policies and procedures, to promote effective public policy through research, consultation and program evaluation. Since 2008, Ms. Keays has directed the Institute’s Children of Incarcerated Parents Project, overseeing and managing several projects related to parental incarceration. This includes overseeing 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, from 2008-2013, Ms. Keays was Consultant to the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, and since 2011 a member of the CT Judicial Branch’s Access to Justice Commission.
Previous to her employment with the IMRP, Ms. Keays worked at the University of New Haven's Crime Victim Study Center while studying for her Masters in Forensic Science with a concentration in Advanced Investigation. Prior to attending graduate school, Ms. Keays 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. Ms. Keays completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Connecticut.
Phone: (860) 832-1873
Fax: (860) 832-0071
Ken Barone is a Policy and Research Specialist with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University. Mr. Barone received his Bachelor in Arts with a major in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University.
As a student, Mr. Barone was a student member of the CSU System Board of Trustees, Chair of the Student Union Board of Governors and a Resident Assistant. 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 collaborated with CCSU faculty, staff, students and community partners to enhance the community engagement activities of the university. 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.
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
Phone: (860) 832-
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. His personal work can be viewed here.
Phone: (860) 916-5871
Joseph Ouellette helps to maintain websites with the IMRP. Joseph is majoring in Computer Science - Honors at CCSU and eagerly awaits graduation next spring.
Joseph currently resides in Watertown, CT.