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Ken Barone

Ken Barone

Ken Barone is currently a Project Manager with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Since 2012, Ken has managed the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (CTRP3). This project works to implement the state of Connecticut's Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling law. The Alvin W. Penn law requires law enforcement agencies to collect information on traffic stops and report that information to CCSU. Ken is responsible for coordinating data collection and submission from 106 law enforcement agencies. He works with the Connecticut Data Collaborative to make the data available to the public through an online data portal. He has co-authored three reports analyzing municipal and state police data for evidence of discrimination. In addition, he is responsible for staffing the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Advisory Board, three subcommittees and is the legislative liaison for the project with the Connecticut General Assembly. Ken is also a certified Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services "Fair and Impartial Police" trainer. He has trained over 800 law enforcement officers since 2014.

Ken has served as a project consultant in California, Oregon, and Rhode Island on the implementation of their statewide traffic stop data collection programs. This includes helping states design electronic data collection system, develop analytical tools for identifying racial disparities in traffic stop data, and implementing training programs to address implicit bias in policing.

In addition, Ken also manages the Connecticut law that requires the collection and analysis of incidents involving electronic defense weapons. Ken co-authored a 2016 report on the use of electronic defense weapons by local and state police. He also co-authored a report on the regulation of transportation network companies in Connecticut, and a report on the Connecticut law to raise the age of juvenile offenders to 18. He 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.

Phone: (860) 832-1872
Fax: (860) 832-0071 

 

Andrew Clark

Andrew clark

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

 

Ben Daigle, Esq., MPA

Ben Daigle is a 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.

 

James Fazzalaro

James Fazzalaro

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.

 

Brittany Kane

Brittany Kane

Brittany Kane is a Program Coordinator at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy. Brittany specifically coordinates the Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative (CT CIP), as well as providing assistance to the various projects executed by IMRP.

Prior to joining IMRP, Brittany worked in state government as a legislative aide to the House Chair of Appropriations and as clerk of the Appropriations Committee at the Connecticut General Assembly. Brittany also served in federal government as an executive assistant in the U.S. Senate and briefly ventured into the non-profit sector as a clinician/care coordinator at a Massachusetts group home that cared for DCF-mandated adolescent females.

Through her professional experiences, Brittany realized that the many issues impacting the constituents and individuals she worked with at a direct level needed to be addressed through advocacy and legislation at a macro level. At the IMRP, Brittany is able to use her knowledge of the criminal justice system and legislative process, as well as her passion for assisting others in bettering their lives, to provide research, assistance and program coordination to implement reform recommendations and positive change in the criminal justice system.

Brittany obtained a Master's degree in Social Work concentrating in Policy Practice from the UConn School of Social Work and a Bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University.

 

Aileen Keays

Aileen Keays

Aileen Keays, M.S., is a Project Manager at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). As Project Manager, Ms. Keays 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, Ms. Keays 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 Ms. Keays 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, Ms. Keays 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, Ms. Keays 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, 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 at the University of Connecticut.

In spite of Ms. Keays'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

 

Amjad Khan

Amjad Khan

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 in 2008.

Phone: (860) 832-1953

 

Tyler Lublin

Tyler Lublin
Tyler Lublin is a recent CCSU graduate with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics. 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. He resides in Middletown, Connecticut. Tyler is excited to put his mathematical skills to use for this meaningful information.

 

John P. Lucas

John Lucas

John is the Director of Visual Content at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). He has worked as a documentary photographer, visual artist and filmmaker for more than 25 years. John has directed and produced several cutting-edge multimedia projects including collaborative work with poet Claudia Rankine. In 2014 he completed his first feature length documentary film entitled, "The Cooler Bandits," which was awarded best documentary at the 2014 Harlem International Film Festival. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally including the Brooklyn Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Redcat (Los Angeles), OK Harris Works of Art (NYC), The Smithsonian Museum (DC), Pulitzer Arts Foundation (MO), La Panaderia (Mexico City), Aeroplastics Contemporary, (Brussels) and Fieldgate Gallery (London). His work has appeared in print including the Atlantic Monthly, Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times and Vogue magazine.

 

Ana Maria Mitchell

Ana Mitchell

Ana Maria Mitchell is a Community Outreach Coordinator with the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). She helps coordinate community dialogues and other outreach initiatives.

A native of Caguas Puerto Rico, she grew up in the North-end of the City of Hartford. Fluent in Spanish and English, Ana was educated in the Farmington school system through Project Concern now known as Project Choice which is overseen by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).

A graduate of the Data Institute's Business School, Ana brings over thirty years of experience in developing relationships with community members, corporations and volunteers. She has held positions as a fundraiser/philanthropist and Volunteer Director in the Greater Hartford community. She has worked for Oak Hill hospital where she was selected as Employee of the Year.

Ana currently resides in Windsor with her husband.

 

Renee LaMark Muir

Renee LaMark Muir

Renee LaMark Muir is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). She works on law enforcement and criminal justice policy, data analysis and program evaluation projects for IMRP and the Connecticut Sentencing Commission. Prior to joining the IMRP, she worked at the Hartford Police Department as a patrol officer and a detective in the Major Crimes Division Homicide Unit. Her policy and analytic experience come from her work for 20 years at the Connecticut General Assembly's nonpartisan Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee. Renee has worked as a principal analyst specializing in law enforcement and criminal justice public policy. Renee started her career as an investigator with the New York City Department of Investigation in the Inspector General Division where she was responsible for investigating public corruption and governmental malfeasance. She has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Law Enforcement Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. 

 

Nayab Rani

Nayab Rani

Nayab Rani is a Web Developer with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at the Central Connecticut State University. He works with project managers, faculty, and students to design, implement, and deploy web solutions for various work requirements based on user need. Nayab received his Bachelor's degree from University of Connecticut and his Master's degree in Computer Information Technology from Central Connecticut State University.

 

Josh Therriault

Josh therriault

Josh Therriault is Visual Content Specialist at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at Central Connecticut State University. He has been with the IMRP since 2008 and has been producing and creating several promotional films, public services announcements and short portraits that showcase the institute's work. He has also been working as a freelance cinematographer in the motion picture industry since 2009 and has been working as a studio camera operator and road Steadicam operator at ESPN since 2014.

Since 2018, Josh has been hired in a new role at ESPN as a creative director of photography and small-scale producer for ESPN's internal ad agency, "Creative Works". He continues to leverage his resources in the community, the university and elsewhere to create and develop content with John Lucas here at IMRP.

Phone: (860) 378-7805

 

Alex Tsarkov

Alex Tsarkov

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 a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

 

Faculty Partners

James Conway 

James Conway

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

Ashley Provencher
Ashley Provencher is an economic consultant for the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) and Associate Professor of Economics at Siena College. She has contributed to the Results First Initiative since 2011. Ashley also previously supported the Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative. Her research focuses on program evaluation and policy analysis for 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.

Phone: (518) 783-4144 

 

Dr. Jacob Werblow

Dr. Jacob Werblow
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.

 

Internship

Van Augur

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Van Augur has joined the IMRP team while pursuing his Master of Public Policy degree at UConn. He primarily assists the Connecticut Sentencing Commission, where he conducts research and collects data on potential policy changes to the criminal justice system in Connecticut. Prior to joining the IMRP, Van worked in the regulatory compliance office of a major aerospace and defense firm in Connecticut, assisting with export licensing and duty mitigation. Van also brings with him scholarly experience in quantitative policy analysis. While an undergraduate at UConn where he studied political science, Van helped assemble and analyze the first multi-year data set on super PAC donations, and interviewed several super PAC directors to assess how changes in campaign laws have affected federal elections since 2010. More recently, as a part of his honors thesis, Van has finished an original analysis quantifying the impact of term length on judicial independence in state supreme courts across the nation. Van looks forward to continuing to conduct research on the intersection between law, policy, and quantitative data analysis while working at the IMRP. 

 

Molly Franco

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Molly Franco is a MSW at the UConn School of Social Work with a focus in Policy and will be assisting IMRP and the CT Reentry Roundtable Collaborative over the year. Molly has previously studied Psychology and Sociology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. After graduation, she worked as a Youth Counselor in Group Emergency Foster Care aiding and caring for children who were recently disrupted from their previous home or placement. As a new Hartford and Connecticut resident, Molly enjoys exploring her new hometown and is eager to find the best ethnic and diverse foods that Connecticut has to offer.

 

Samantha Hawes

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Samantha Hawes is a MSW student at Sacred Heart University. She will be assisting IMRP's CT Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative (CTCIP). Samantha has experience working with various populations in the mental health field, including adults with developmental disabilities and children and families in various settings. Samantha currently serves as owner and program director of a CT-operated agency that provides direct services to children and families, including supervised visitation, therapeutic support, support staff, and temporary care. Samantha hopes to further continue learning and growing through her work at the Institute, as well as bringing her professional and personal insight to CTCIP.

 

Melissa Keilty

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Melissa Keilty is an MSW student at the UConn School of Social Work with a concentration in Policy. She has joined IMRP to support the Connecticut Children With Incarcerated Parents Initiative. Melissa has previous policy and advocacy experience interning with the National Association of Social Workers CT Chapter and the AIDS Project of Greater Danbury. In her free time, Melissa co-chairs the Students for Environmental Justice committee at UConn as well as is a member of the Education and Legislative Action Network committee at the NASW.

 

Kelley Ladd

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Kelley Ladd is an MSW student from Sacred heart University who is serving her field placement with the CT Reentry Roundtable Collaborative at IMRP. Kelley has previously worked in a local CT high School, assisting individuals with their individual learning plans and needs. She has also had the opportunity to volunteer in a local youth center in a small town in Norway, which she frequently visits. Kelley has earned her bachelor's degree from Eastern Connecticut State University where she studied psychology. Kelley is excited to join the team and explore the world of macro social work and policy!

 

Michael Proscino

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Michael Proscino is a MPA student at UCONN with a concentration in Social Policy & Sustainable Planning. He is assisting the IMRP with the Results First Program. Michael previously worked on Results First at the IMRP in 2015 while completing his undergraduate degree in accounting at Central Connecticut. His professional experience includes general accounting at Yale New Haven Hospital and departmental budgeting and forecasting at Yale University. Michael lives with his wife in New Haven and is always happy to argue about where to find the best pizza.

 

Cynthia Samokar

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Cynthia Samokar is a MSW student at UCONN School of Social Work with a concentration in Policy and a focus in Urban Policy. She has joined IMRP to assist with the activities of the CT Sentencing Commission. Cynthia has previous professional experience working with adults affected by substance use and mental health disorders within the community and in clinical settings. She has worked directly with children on the spectrum and in group homes for adults. In her free time, Cynthia has participated as Chair of the Policy Council for the Portland Head Start classroom through The Community Development Institute. Cynthia also enjoys blogging and spending time with her kids.

 

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