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Rania Mankarious, Chief Executive Officer
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Rania Mankarious, MA, JD

CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston

 

Rania Mankarious serves as the CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston after beginning as an intern with the organization in 2006.

During her tenure, Mankarious created the first-ever Crime Stoppers Safe School Institute – a full suite, direct service program that became the hub of all things school safety related. She also launched the organization’s first webinar series with local, statewide, and national experts as well as Parents Against Crime, the critically important Fallen Hero Program, the Victim Services and Advocacy Program and expanded the Safe Community Program.

Under her leadership, Crime Stoppers also built a headquarters that is the first Crime Stoppers building worldwide and is named the “The Dave Ward Building, Crime Stoppers of Houston”.

Mankarious is an active contributor to many publications, including columns in The Buzz Magazines, The Bark Blog, and a national adviser for Safe and Sound Schools. She has been seen and heard on local and national radio and television, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and across additional platforms as a legal, family, crime, mental health, and parenting expert. Recently, she launched a weekly “CrimeTip Tuesday” series with CW39. In September 2020, Mankarious created The Balanced Voice Podcast, which has featured a number of local and nationally recognized guests including Greg Kelley, Shepard Smith, Matthew McConaughey, Dave Ward, Tamron Hall, and many others. Mankarious serves on the Advisory Council for the Organization for Social Media Safety.

Mankarious has received many honors including: CW39’s Winner of their Remarkable Women; Visionary Leader in the fight against human trafficking; Most Stylish People by the Houston Chronicle; Houston Business Journal’s Outstanding Nonprofit Business Leader; a Houston Hero by the International Chamber of Houston; Top 30 Most Influential Women of Houston; Houston Moms’ Blog “Houston Mom of the Year”; Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business; Houston Hero by the Houston Chronicle; Prime Living Reader’s Choice Award for Best Dressed Texan; Lights Camera Action’s Mother’s Day Honoree; and Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women.

Mankarious received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Theology and Pre-Medicine from Boston College, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gordon Conwell and a Doctor of Jurisprudence completed at the University of Houston Law Center.

Nichole Christoph, Deputy Director
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.

Cabell Wood, Senior Director of Development and Programming

Cabell Wood joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in September 2012 as Director of Development and is now the organization’s Senior Director of Development and Programming. 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, Marketing and Communications Director

Tania Cruz joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in April 2015. As Marketing and Communications Director, she brings over 15 years of non-profit development, community relations and marketing experience. She is responsible for managing, 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 attended the University of Houston where she earned a BS in Health Education and Sociology Minor. In her spare time, she loves attending her son’s baseball and soccer games, volunteering at charity events, hosting family gatherings and tailgating at football games with family, friends, and colleagues.

Paige Hollek, Special Events Director / Development Manager

Paige Hollek joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in September 2016 and is our Special Events Director and Development Manager. Paige oversees the Safe School and Safe Community programs to ensure execution and growth, communicating with both programs to plan and seek out advancement. Her role also includes gathering and hosting the programs statistics and final reports. Paige is also responsible for planning and overseeing our program and fundraising events. She manages the logistics and preparation of all events.

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.

Andy Kahan, Director of Victim Services and Advocacy
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.

Mimi Zarenchansky, Strategic Operations Director

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.

Jenna Fondren, Safe School Institute Manager

Jenna Fondren joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in June 2017 as Community Education Specialist and is now the Institute’s Manager. She oversees the Safe School Institute’s day to day operations, ensuring that students, parents, and school staff receive the most current and impactful crime prevention presentations and safety tips. In these presentations Jenna and the Safe School Team emphasize personal safety, anti-victimization, and how to safely and anonymously report crime and potential dangers on school campuses and in the community.

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, Safe Community Program Manager

Sydney Zuiker joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in February 2018 as Community Education Specialist. She is now the organization’s Manager of the Safe Community Program. 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.

Elizabeth McChesney, Marketing Coordinator

Elizabeth McChesney joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in March of 2020 as Marketing Coordinator. She supports and enhances our current marketing efforts through strategy, photography and social media management. Additionally, see oversees the distribution of marketing materials to our statewide counterparts.

A native Houstonian, Elizabeth graduated from St. Agnes Academy before attending the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Studio Art and Art Education. While at university, she served as a Young Life leader in Northwest Austin where she dedicated her time to mentoring teenage girls. Elizabeth interned at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin for two years under the Community and Family Programs Director. While at the Blanton, she realized her passion for advancing community engagement through education and art appreciation. After graduation, she joined Thompson + Hanson in Houston where she had the opportunity to refine her skills in marketing, event planning and operations.

Elizabeth hopes that her passion for art and design will advance Crime Stopper’s efforts to educate, inform and engage our community.

Kaitlynn Frey, Assistant Programs Manager

Kaitlynn Frey joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in October of 2019 an Education Specialist and is now the organization’s Assistant Programs Manager. Kaitlynn 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 Fort Wayne, Indiana, the military life moved her all over before she settled down in Louisiana where she would graduate high school, leaving as a Corvias Scholarship recipient and later, college. She graduated from University of Louisiana Monroe where she received a BS in Elementary Education and a MS in Forensic Psychology. She served on SEE AmeriCorps and Carmel Hill Foundation where these non-profit organizations focus on synergy, children and education. Before moving to Houston and joining Crime Stoppers, Kaitlynn was an elementary school teacher for Lufkin ISD and Houston ISD. 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.

Nayeli Moyeda, Education Specialist

Nayeli Moyeda joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in March of 2020 as an Education Specialist. Nayeli uses prevention and awareness programs to educate students ages kindergarten through high school, school administration staff, and community members throughout the Greater Houston Area.

She was born in Mexico and raised in Houston, TX where she graduated from the Chinquapin Preparatory School, a first generation student, before attending the University of Houston-Downtown where she obtained her MS in Criminal Justice and BS in Sociology. She is a member of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc as well as Alpha Phi Sigma, The Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Ernesto Reyes, Education Specialist

Ernesto Reyes joined Crime Stoppers of Houston in July of 2021 as an Education Specialist. Ernesto uses prevention and awareness programs to educate students ages kindergarten through high school, school staff, parents, and community members throughout the Greater Houston area.

As a native of Dickinson Texas, he is a graduate of Dickinson High School and went on to attend Texas A&M University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. He has over 7 years of experience in nonprofits working to increase visitor engagement and in creating memorable educational activities. He has worked to inspire a deeper appreciation for music, science, and history in various roles with organizations like The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Moody Gardens, Artist Boat, and Dickinson ISD.

He hopes to use his past experiences and the many resources that Crime Stoppers offers to advocate for public safety and engage with underserved students, teachers, and administrators.

Joshua Webb, Program Coordinator

Joshua Webb joined Crime Stoppers in July of 2021 as a Program Coordinator. Joshua uses his skills in curriculum development, community outreach, and project management to support the development, growth, and execution of Crime Stoppers programming. With several years of experience in non-profit operations and youth development, Joshua strives to elevate the quality of programming offered and empower the citizens of Houston to prevent and solve crime in their own communities.

 

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Joshua has spent his career providing youth with the skills and resources needed to excel in the classroom, enrich their communities, and become successful professionals. As an undergraduate student, he worked with the First Star program in Chicago, an organization that seeks to equip foster youth with the skills needed to successfully transition into college and adulthood. After graduating from college, he served with the Center for Leadership Development, an organization with the mission of fostering the development of minority youth in Central Indiana by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. Joshua graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BS in Human Services and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Social Work.

Stuart Hudson, Bookkeeper
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.