bopp: Meet the Parole Board

Current Parole Board Members
Carleton Giles

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 Chairperson in May 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 departmentís 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 cityís youth, both through his work with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and as a certified School Resource Officer.  Officer Gilesí 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 Milfordís 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. Johnís University.
Jennifer Zaccagnini
Full-Time Board Member
Ms. Zaccagniniís 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 Connecticutís 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.

Rufaro Berry

Full-Time Board Member

Rufaro Berry was appointed to the Connecticut Board Of Pardons and Paroles as a full-time Board Member in October 2014 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.  She was previously employed as a paralegal at Bershtein, Bershtein, and Bershtein for 15 years, assisting with the firmís partners and interviewing clients.  Ms. Berry graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albertus Magnus College in 2009 with a degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Business Management.  Ms. Berry is passionate about justice prevailing and is honored to serve as a member of the Parole Board. 


Joy Chance

Full-Time Board Member

Joy Chance was appointed as a full-time Board Member of the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles in October 2014 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.  Ms. Chance came to the Board with more than 16 years of supervisory experience evaluating parolees for appropriate placement in a parole supervised program.  She most recently worked as a Therapist with the Connection, Inc., where she counseled and assisted parolees in maintaining parole compliance.  Prior to this position Ms. Chance served as Director of Employment, Education, and Training for both staff and parolees at Open Hearth Association in Hartford, CT.    Ms. Chance began her work in social services as a Program Supervisor at the Open Hearth Association and was responsible for the direct supervision for approximately 50 residents on parole, probation, pre-trial status, and Department of Correction inmates, who were receiving a variety of services and work release opportunities.   Ms. Chance holds a Masters of Education with a minor in Psychology Degree from Cambridge College.


Kenneth Ireland

Full-Time Board Member

Kenneth Ireland was appointed to the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles as a full-time Board Member in October 2014 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Ireland worked for the Capitol Region Education Council as a bookkeeper/accountant and Public Student Information Service State Reporter. 

Following a wrongful conviction, Mr. Ireland served over 19 years in the Connecticut prison system.  Working in cooperation with the Connecticut Innocence Project, he was exonerated in August 2009 when DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crime. 

In 2009 Kenneth Ireland worked for the Bloomfield Board of Education at the Alternative Academy, working with expelled and high risk youth on conflict resolution issues and promoting educational benefits.  He was awarded the 2014 Liberty Bell Award by the Fairfield County Bar Association for his commitment to criminal justice reform and community service.  The Liberty Bell Award was established more than 40 years ago to acknowledge outstanding community service, presented to a person who has promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, or contributed to good government in the community.  It is often presented to an individual lawyer, judge, or to an entire community organization.

Since his release from the Department of Correction, Kenneth Ireland has visited many law schools and colleges throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts to speak with students in an effort to educate the potential future lawyers, prosecutors and judges in recognizing the issues, which were raised during his legal proceedings.  He has also volunteered with many non-profit groups throughout Connecticut since his release.    Mr. Ireland has worked closely with the Connecticut Innocence Project and in that capacity testified before the U.S. Congress in 2009 to help secure governmental grants to aid in the funding of the Connecticut Innocence Project. 

David May
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.   


Pamela Richards
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. 
Kelly Smayda
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. Smaydaís extensive and impressive background in Corrections and treatment programming has given her a greater understanding of an inmateís needs and the challenges they will face upon their release to the community.  Ms. Smayda, having been a Deanís list student, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a Minor in Legal Studies from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

Patricia Thomas Camp

Part-Time Board Member

Patricia Thomas Campís varied educational and career experiences prepared her for her service on the Board of Pardons and Paroles.  Ms. Thomas Camp began her career as a public school teacher, and has continued to teach throughout her life.  She holds a bachelorís degree from Rice University in Houston and a Masterís in Education from the University of Houston.  After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, she served as executive director of the Cook County Bar Associationís pro bono legal aid program.  This program provided free legal representation to residents of 135 municipalities including Chicago.  Ms. Thomas Camp practiced law for 19 years, including criminal, family and corporate law, and also served as a juvenile court magistrate.  She has represented children in the custody of the state, youth charged with offenses including murder, adults, and heard cases on the abuse, neglect and dependency docket in juvenile court.  Upon moving to Connecticut, Ms. Thomas Camp intended to retire, but found herself temperamentally unsuited for retirement.  She resumed teaching, and is providing leadership to various community organizations.  Her work in Connecticut has focused on the homeless, legal services, and the concerns of Hartfordís North End.  She was appointed to the Board of Pardons and Paroles as a part-time member in October 2014.

Terry Borjeson

Part-Time Board Member

Terry Borjeson was appointed to the Board of Pardons and Parole by Dannel P. Malloy in October 2014. He was previously employed by the Connecticut Office of Adult Probation where, over the course of a 30-year career, he rose from Probation Officer to Deputy Director in charge of all Adult Programs in the state.  During this tenure he also served as the Executive Director of the New England Council on Crime and Delinquency.

After Mr. Borjeson retired from state service he became the Vice President of Government Operations for a Massachusetts software company which built automated systems for Probation, Parole and other government entities.  He subsequently worked for a non-profit organization managing multiple work-release programs, a pardons project, and a DUI education program.

Mr. Borjeson was the Committee Chair and primary author of Performance-Based Standards for Community Corrections which is currently used by the American Correctional Association National Accreditation Project.

At the present time Mr. Borjeson is an elected official in the Town of Newington, servingas the Town Council Majority Leader, and also serves on the Policy Board of the CapitolRegion Council of Governments (CRCOG).  He holds an undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.




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