JOHN KLOFAS, PH.D. – DIRECTOR
Teaches in the areas of corrections, management, crime & violence and law & social control. Also teaches a course called "Crime and Justice in the Community." This course reflects Dr. Klofas' growing interest in community level analyses as well as his work with the organization Metropolitan Forum, which promotes metropolitan perspectives in the analysis and solution of community problems. Research Interests include management, corrections, and jails. Most recently, focus has been on community structure and crime related issues.
IRSHAD ALTHEIMER, PH.D. - DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Dr. Altheimer joined the RIT faculty in Fall 2012. He teaches a variety of courses, including minority groups and criminal justice, criminological theory, criminology, and corrections. He is also actively engaged with students outside of the classroom; he serves as the faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association and mentors student researchers at the Center for Public Safety Initiatives. Dr. Altheimer is actively engaged in scholarly research and has published articles in a variety of journals. His research interests include macro-level criminological theory, gun violence, corrections, and criminal justice policy. He is currently serving as the co-principal investigator on a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant that seeks to reduce gun violence in the city of Rochester, NY.
AMY M. D'AMICO, ESQ.- GRANTS AND OPERATIONS MANAGER
Amy is a former Criminal Justice major who matriculated from R.I.T., she won the Richard B. Lewis Award (2008) and the Outstanding Achievement Award (2009) from the Department of Criminal Justice. She continued to Albany Law School, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2012 and her license to practice immediately thereafter. Her experience is in nonprofit management and research in homelessness and re-entry services arena. She serves on the Board of Disability Rights New York, as well as providing pro bono legal advice in nonprofit law, First Amendment advocacy, and drafting wills and estate documents for the underserved.