Erik Clemons, CEO and President

Erik has devoted his career to empowering marginalized communities across the state of Connecticut and helping others see their own potential and power. Prior to founding ConnCAT, Erik served as the Connecticut Executive Director of the premier national youth development organization Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), which provides innovative academic and social enrichment programs to youth ranging from the ages of five to 23. Erik has also served as Director of Vocational Training at the U.S. Department of Labor’s New Haven Job Corps Center.

A lifelong Connecticut resident, Erik volunteers significant time and energy in supporting other organizations doing good work in the local community. He currently serves on numerous boards including Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, New Haven Housing Authority, New Haven Legal Aid and CT Voices for Children. A proud father of four daughters who are New Haven Public School graduates, Erik is co-President of the New Haven Citywide Parent Teacher Organization and a member of the New Haven Public School Education Reform Committee.

Opal Harmon, Operations Manager


Genevive Walker, Chief Operating Officer


Stephanie Mallard, Administrative Manager


Eric Blass, Cafe Administrator


Jenna Martin, Lead Chef, and Culinary Instructor


Carrie Simpson-Greatheart, Career Pathways Manager


Elizabeth Cropper, Phlebotomy Instructor


Steve Driffin, Youth, and Community Programs Manager


Shukriyyah Miller-Hasan, Phlebotomy Instructor


Pierre M. Goubourn CPC, Medical Billing and Coding Instructor


Idis Wilson, Security


Janet Robinson, Administrative Assistant


Carrie Pool, Administrative Assistant


Tammy Chapman, Communications Specialist


Lawrence Murphy, Externship and Employment Coordinator