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.
GIA BOERSEMA - PROJECT COORDINATOR/GRANT MANAGER
Gia Boersema is the new Project Coordinator/Grant Manager for CPSI. She has a BSW in Social Work from SUNY Brockport and a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of Chicago. She is an active participant in the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and has studied and worked in Ireland and Belgium. She has a combined 9 years of grant management and grant writing experience. She has experience working in the field of corrections, social work, mental health and juvenile diversion programs.