Our Team

Boston native Rania Mankarious was chosen to head Houston’s leading public safety non-profit organization, Crime Stoppers, in March of 2013. Rania received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence completed at the University of Houston Law Center. She boasts an extensive resume with experience consulting for national companies, non-profit organizations and private public relations clients alike. Citing a personal mission to serve families and engage the public to better society, Rania began consulting with Crime Stoppers in 2006. 

In her four years at the helm and through working with her incredible team, Rania’s legacy has been well established. Described by some as “Crime Stoppers on steroids,” her footprint has elevated the organization to new heights. In addition to expanding the reach of the Safe School Program, the topics covered by the Safe Community Program, the launch of Parents Against Crime and the critically important Fallen Hero Program, Rania is most proud to have built the first-ever Crime Stoppers headquarters, anywhere in the world, right here in Midtown. The Dave Ward Building, Crime Stoppers of Houston was officially opened January 2017 and is the first public safety, crime prevention facility of its kind – bringing together civilians and law enforcement as well as students and community members from every corner of our great city. Additionally on this city block will be the first Harris County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Garden, a beautiful tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In a short time, the ambitious mother of three has lifted a Houston institution to new heights.

 

 

Deputy Director Nichole Christoph’s career as an administrator spans nearly two and half decades in both private and public sector management. Having joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in 2012 as an Office Manager, Nichole rapidly ascend the organizations ranks, and was appointed Deputy Director in 2013. Prior to joining Crime Stoppers of Houston, she held post at Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults for over ten years.

Citing a passion for helping other and a dedication to serving the community, Nichole proudly joined the Crime Stoppers of Houston Executive Staff. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.

As of March 2013, Mimi Zarenchansky has been working with the great team at Crime Stoppers and learning so much about the nonprofit world.

After graduating from Stephens College with a B.S. in Communications: Emphasis in Media Production, Mimi worked in the cable television industry for 2 years. She was able to produce her own cable real estate show while also working in the billing and traffic side of the advertising department of the cable company. She was then given the opportunity to learn the international import/export business from her father. Upon moving back to Texas, Mimi spent 10.5 years learning and living the import/export business and representing companies such as Maytag, Bissell, Dirt Devil, and more to the country of Argentina. They were then afforded the opportunity to represent a sugar substitute to the United States from Argentina and enjoyed that journey for many years.
After that Mimi was ready for a new start and began working at Limb Design as their Traffic and Production Manager/ Director of Operations and was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn so much about the graphic design industry from the three principals over a 5.5 year period.

Cabell Wood joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in September 2012 as Director of Development. She oversees major gifts, annual special events, corporate and foundation relations and annual giving programs. Cabell has eight years of experience in fundraising, development and special events for local non-profit organizations. Before coming to Crime Stoppers, she was Manager of Corporate Relations and Special Events for Sheltering Arms Senior Services, a division of Neighborhood Centers Inc.

Cabell brings with her an expertise in fundraising and development and looks forward to furthering the mission to solve and prevent crime in the greater Houston area. A native Houstonian, Cabell graduated from The Kinkaid School prior to entering Vanderbilt University, where she graduated cum laude in 2005. 

Tania Cruz joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in April 2015 as Marketing and Communications Manager and brings over 8 years of non-profit development, community relations and marketing experience. She is responsible for developing and growing all aspects of marketing and communications that directly impact the Crime Stoppers' mission, outreach and fundraising efforts.

Before joining Crime Stoppers, Tania was PR and Events Manager for Susan G. Komen Houston. She is a proud University of Houston Alumnus and is passionate about the work she does for the community.

Carly Gray joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in November 2017 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Carly facilitates all aspects of marketing and communication activities that support Crime Stopper’s mission, programs, and fundraising efforts.

A native Houstonian, Carly graduated from The Kinkaid School prior to attending Baylor University where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Minors in Corporate Communication and History. Before joining Crime Stoppers, Carly was the Marketing and Communications Manager at VitalPet. Carly is passionate about the city of Houston and its community. She enjoys serving as a volunteer Young Life leader, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo committee member, and part time high school basketball coach.

As Safe School Manager at Crime Stoppers of Houston, Michelle Sacks is responsible for the development and maintenance of prevention and awareness programs that emphasize personal safety, anti-victimization, prevention and how to safely and anonymously report crimes and potential dangers on their campus and community. She engages and educates students from kindergarten through high school, school staff, parents and law enforcement in the Greater Houston Area school campuses, including private and charter schools.

Prior to joining Crime Stoppers, Michelle was Program Manager where she managed anti-victimization programs.  In 2014 she helped write a social/emotional curriculum for a prekindergarten/kindergarten audience. Michelle was a bilingual teacher for six years before joining the non-profit world of prevention in 2011, working in both the Houston Independent School District and Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District.

Michelle holds a BA from the University of Houston and a bilingual teaching certificate. Michelle is passionate about prevention and serves as co-chair of Houston Independent School District’s School Health Advisory Council, a committee member of Houston Mayor’s Human Trafficking Task Force and a mentor to the Houston Police Department’s Youth Police Advisory Council.

Paige Hollek joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in September 2016 as Programs Coordinator. Paige oversees the Tip Line, Safe School and Safe Community programs to ensure growth and execution, communicating with all to plan and seek out advancement. Her role also includes gathering and reporting the Safe School and Safe Community statistics.

Prior to Crime Stoppers, Paige had several years of experience in non-profit coordinating and intern experience with the media. She graduated with a BS in Communications and Journalism from Texas A&M University.

Jenna McGaw joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in June 2017 as Community Education Specialist. Jenna uses prevention and awareness programs to educate students ages kindergarten through high school, school administration staff, and community members throughout the Greater Houston Area. 

A native Houstonian, Jenna graduated from The Kinkaid School before attending The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BS in Sociology and minored in Business Administration. She served on the executive committee of her sorority including position of President her senior year. Jenna also headed a council of students called The Darrell K. Royal Research Fund Legacy Council, whose goal was to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease. She hopes to utilize the tools Crime Stoppers provides to reach and educate as many kids as possible. 

Sydney Zuiker joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in February 2018 as Community Education Specialist. Sydney uses prevention and awareness programs to educate students ages kindergarten through high school, school administration staff, and community members throughout the Greater Houston Area.

Originally from Austin, Sydney graduated from Hyde Park Baptist High School before attending The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work. She served on staff with Young Life during her college years, and was an AmeriCorps Education Award recipient. Before moving to Houston and joining Crime Stoppers, Sydney worked as the assistant to the Executive Director of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.  Sydney grew up with a passion for people that developed through her summers spent volunteering in Uganda over the past decade. She hopes to use her past experiences, as well as the resources Crime Stoppers provides to educate students on how they can stay safe, and thrive in Houston.

Andy Kahan joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in June 2018 as its first-ever Director of Victim Services and Advocacy.

Prior to Crime Stoppers, Andy served as the Victim Advocate for the Mayor's Office and Houston Police Department for 26 years before retiring and joining Crime-Stoppers of Houston to resume his career as a Victim Advocate. Andy Kahan received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1983 from the University of Houston. He worked as both a Parole and Probation Officer before becoming the first victim advocate in the country to work in a Mayor's Office. His responsibilities included working with local crime victim's rights organizations to facilitate the pooling of resources and the exchange of information, accompanying and representing victims before the Parole Board, putting crime victims in touch with local crime victims support and advocacy groups, and court accompaniment.

Stuart Hudson joined the Crime Stoppers team in March of 2013 and takes care of all things financial for the organization.

In addition to Crime Stoppers, Stuart provides bookkeeping services to the I Am Waters Foundation, Yale Club of Houston, Health Outreach to the Middle East, Worldwide Institute of Medical Education, and the Arabic Church of Houston. She has also held numerous volunteer leadership positions such as Secretary of the Board of Bellaire Christian Academy, Treasurer of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, President of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation, Treasurer of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association and founding board member of Veritas Christian Academy.

Stuart holds a BS degree from Louisiana State University and is a certified Quick Books user with over 20 years of experience in bookkeeping for non-profit organizations as well as small businesses.