Current Parole Board Members
Carleton Giles was appointed to the Board of Pardons and Paroles as a full-time Board Member in September 2013 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, and then appointed as Acting Chairperson in April 2014. He is a retired police officer who served thirty-three years with the Norwalk Department of Police Service, spending several years assigned to the department’s youth division, where he was responsible for investigating improper conduct and criminal activity against children. During his distinguished career in law enforcement, Mr. Giles was actively involved with the city’s youth, both through his work with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and as a certified School Resource Officer. Officer Giles’ work focused on preventing juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relations between youth and police through law enforcement, education and counseling. Mr. Giles is a graduate of the Suffolk County, New York Police Academy and the Connecticut Municipal Police Officer Training Academy. He is a former Chairman of the city of Milford’s Police Commission.
Robert A. Murphy
Full-Time Board Member
Mr. Murphy was appointed to the Connecticut Board of Pardons & Paroles as a full time Board Member in 2008. Mr. Murphy is a retired Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), whose notable career has provided him with more than 26 years of experience and expertise in conducting investigations involving criminal matters, white collar crimes, foreign counter-intelligence, international terrorism, and background investigations. He has also conducted special inquiries for the White House and other U.S. Government agencies, as well as having been a member of a specialized Surveillance Team and the Joint Terrorist Task Force. After his distinguished career with the FBI and prior to his appointment to the Board, he was employed by Kroll Incorporated as a Contract Investigator, which entailed conducting investigations for the Office of Personnel Management, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as Customs and Border Protection for employment suitability and security clearance determinations. Mr. Murphy holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration in Financial Management from Pace University Graduate School, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from St. John’s University.
Full-Time Board Member
Ms. Zaccagnini’s experience and education have prepared her for her appointment to the Board of Pardons and Paroles as a part time Board Member in 2008. Ms. Zaccagnini holds a B.A. in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University, and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven. She began her career in Social Services as a Residential Monitor, and Treatment Social Worker with the Alternative Incarceration Center (AIC) in Waterbury, CT and was responsible for the direct supervision of approximately 40 residents in the facility who were on pre-trial, probationary or parole status and receiving services and work release opportunities while residing there. Jennifer Zaccagnini also worked as an Investigative Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Torrington, CT. At DCF, her primary focus was the protection of Connecticut’s children. She was responsible for providing families with the necessary services and programs to maintain their family unit, or to provide the tools for the successful reunification of families when possible. In her role as Investigative Social Worker she was the first to respond to allegations of child abuse and neglect, ultimately making the determination of whether a child was at risk of harm and whether services were necessary for a family. As a Social Work Supervisor she supervised social workers in a treatment/training unit.
Part-Time Board Member
Mr. May began his distinguished career in the Criminal Justice field as a Correction Officer in 1971 after earning his B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University. He rose through the ranks to the positions of Correctional Counselor, Supervising Counselor, Deputy Warden, and to the position of Warden of the Northern Correctional Institution. In each of these capacities he acquired invaluable experience and knowledge in the areas of inmate classification, security, programming, substance abuse treatment and community release. David May retired from the Department of Correction in 1995 after 24 years of service. He was then hired by Youth Continuum, a private non-profit agency in New Haven, CT to serve as Program Director of a 13-bed coed group home for at-risk adolescents. In 2000, Mr. May then served as Superintendent of the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center, expanding their facility and earning the Center four national accreditations before retiring from this position in 2008. David May was appointed to the Board of Pardons and Paroles as a part time Board Member in 2008.
Part-TIme Board Member
Ms. Richards began her career in 1981 with the Department of Correction as a Correction Officer after earning her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Ohio State University. Ms. Richards was promoted through the ranks, to Correctional Treatment Officer, Correctional Psychiatric Treatment Worker, Counselor Supervisor, Deputy Warden and ultimately to the positions of Warden, and Complex Warden overseeing up to six facilities. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with both the male and female populations. She has gained a broad range of experience in the fields of Corrections and Community Release, Mental Health Treatment as well as the Management of Gang Offenders, always keeping public safety her primary focus. Following her retirement from the Department of Correction, and prior to her appointment to the Board of Pardons and Paroles in 2008, Ms. Richards was a Program Director at the North American Family Institute Stepping Stone program, a residential treatment facility for girls on parole ages 12-17.
Part-Time Board Member
Ms. Smayda was appointed to the Connecticut Board of Pardons & Paroles as a part time Board Member in 2008. Ms. Smayda is a retired Deputy Warden from the Connecticut Department of Correction after having served over 20 years. She held various positions, having been promoted through the ranks. The majority of her career was spent in overseeing various institutional treatment programs for inmates, which she believes is ultimately in the best interest of public safety. She was also responsible for approving inmates for community release programming, including halfway house and inpatient treatment programs. Ms. Smayda’s extensive and impressive background in Corrections and treatment programming has given her a greater understanding of an inmate’s needs and the challenges they will face upon their release to the community. Ms. Smayda, having been a Dean’s list student, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a Minor in Legal Studies from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.