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About : Senior Staff
Robert D. PidgeonChief Executive Officer
Mr. Pidgeon joined CSI after an extensive career serving as Connecticut's director of juvenile justice. Before that he was deputy director of the New Hampshire Division for Children and Youth Services and was assistant commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. Mr. Pidgeon is a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and served as the Chief of the National Prisoner of War Information Center during Desert Storm.
Mr. Pidgeon holds a bachelor degree in psychology from Penn State University, a master's degree in criminology from Florida State University, and a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. He has served as vice president of the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors, a member of the American Correctional Association At Risk Children, Youth, and Families Task Force, a Regional Affiliate of the American Probation and Parole Association, a member of the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council, an associate member of the Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators, and as member of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.
Sherry AlbertChief Operating Officer
Sherry has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field and oversees nearly 40 programs at CSI for adult and youth services referred by federal, state and county agencies in multiple states. In addition, she has an extensive career in human services that includes the management and supervision of programs such as Section 8, energy assistance, weatherization, rental assistance and eviction prevention. Sherry holds bachelor's degrees in both legal studies and sociology with a concentration in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts. She is an active member of Connecticut Non-Profits, the American Correction Association, the International Association of Community Corrections, the Coalition of Community Corrections Providers of New Jersey, and several Re-Entry Councils in multiple states.
Marlene ThomasChief Financial Officer
Marlene joined CSI in 2002 with an extensive career in finance with area CPA firms. She also operated an accounting business which provided accounting services to small businesses. Marlene and the accounting department oversee CSI's compliance with state(s) and federal fiscal requirements. Marlene is a graduate of Bay Path College with a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting. She is a recent graduate of the Hartford Leadership Development Roundtable program.
Aileen O'ConnorVice President of Development
Aileen joined CSI in 1990 and has been growing with the agency ever since. Prior to her promotion to VP of Development, she has held numerous operational positions, starting out as a Case Manager and working her way up to Senior Area Director. She has more than 25 years of experience in criminal justice and social services. Throughout her career, Aileen has supervised programs that provide treatment, housing and work release services to hundreds of state and federal clients. She was the recipient of the 2010 John Stein Award, which CSI bestows to the employee of the year, recognizing outstanding employee contributions, leadership and service. Aileen holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA.
Cheryl joined CSI in 2014 after an extensive career in asset and business management. She is responsible for general ledger accounting, accounts payable, billing and accounts receivable, food services and facility maintenance. She recently comes from the renewable energy and waste management field, where she served as Business Manager. Cheryl graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maine. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the City of Bristol Board of Finance.
Linda ZhangDirector of Contracts
Linda joined CSI in 2002 after graduating from American International College in Springfield, Mass. with a masterís degree in business administration. Before coming to America, Linda was teacher and Vice Dean of a university in China. She is responsible for program and contract budgets, contract compliance, reporting, and acts as fiscal liaison to funding sources.
Judith McCuskerDirector of Training and Quality Assurance
Ms. McCusker worked as a professional educator, drug and alcohol intervention specialist, and program director for a domestic violence agency prior to her CSI career. Her time at CSI started in Brief Strategic Family Therapy as a clinical supervisor and program director. Later, she joined the training department as a trainer and quality assurance coach for both the juvenile and adult programs. In 2014, Ms. McCusker became the internal manager for CSI training and in 2015, she became the director of training and quality assurance. She works with staff in the adult programs, juvenile programs, juvenile detention, and both juvenile and adult probation through both coaching and training. She received a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and a master's in Community Counseling at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Ms. McCusker is also a member of AST and is certified in the MBTI.