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.
Allison Lewis joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in March 2014 as Development Associate. Allison manages fundraising events, CSOH’s membership program, and assists the Development Director with corporate and foundation relations.
A native to Houston, Allison graduated from The Emery/Weiner School prior to completing her undergraduate education in Dallas at Southern Methodist University. Before coming to Crime Stoppers, Allison was a Special Events Associate in the Development Office at Baylor College of Medicine.
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.
Katharina Huber joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in April 2015 as Programs Marketing and Communications Coordinator and supports all marketing and communications efforts, especially in the areas of online content and graphics/design.
Katharina is a graduate of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) as well as the University of Saint Leo (USA), both with a specialization in Marketing. She has spent her prior career mainly in for-profit advertising and communications agencies and is excited about applying her experience in the non-profit sector.
Sonia Soto held the position of Public Affairs Director for Clear Channel Outdoor in Houston prior to joining Crime Stoppers of Houston. She also spent numerous years in the non-profit sector at both the Arthritis Foundation and the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. She brings experience and knowledge to Crime Stoppers community outreach in her role as Crime Stoppers Public Affairs and Programs Manager.
Sonia is an alumnus of the University of Houston, and holds current affiliations with the Junior League of Houston, the Greater Houston Partnership, and Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Danesa Samuels joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in March 2016 as Community Outreach Coordinator.
She has an Extensive Criminal Justice Background contributing by working 4 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Case Manager, 5 years as a Harris County Juvenile Justice Probation Officer in the 313,314, and 315th District Courts. She then transitioned to becoming the CEO of the 4 years established Let's Talk Education and Counseling Center in which as a certified facilitator, she provides Anger Management classes to Groups and Individuals. Her clients have ranged from young at risk juveniles all the way to Harris County District Court Judges.
Danesa received her BS in Criminal Justice from the Highly Acclaimed Prairie View A&M University.
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.