OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, Inc. is a unique community program, operated and administrated by citizens through a Board of Directors. It is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer civilian organization, supported solely on contributions from private citizens, social and civic groups, and local businesses.
Download a Complete list of Board Members, Trustees, Liaisons, & Partners.
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Don Wolf - President
I pledge to my fellow Board members to do my best to confirm the trust they have placed in me, by bestowing upon me the honor of Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida’s Board President for 2014-15.
As most of you know, Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida is comprised of a Volunteer Board of Directors that includes both citizen volunteers and Law Enforcement Liaisons who represent Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. John counties.
All board members share a desire to become involved in the efforts of stopping and preventing crime. Our goal is to fight criminal activity by utilizing an anonymous tips system to assist in locating and apprehending, as Daytona Beach Police Chief Chitwood would say “Scum Bags” responsible for criminal activity.
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Our Board members and Executive Director are dedicated and committed. It is they who make Crime Stoppers so successful in “taking bad men and women off the streets.”
I intend to follow in the footsteps of my predecessors to promote citizen awareness by facilitating innovative ideas to help the board grow our organization and increase the number of valid tips and arrests in the four-county area we represent.
Examples of ideas that we have recently implemented include and new directions I would like to examine are:
- Continue progress on texting tips anonymously, no one talks on phones “ It’s the Q W E R T Y generation”
- Increase by partnering again with our #1 Corporate Citizen “Bright House Network” by utilizing their professional production service to re-utilize the strongest advertising media, Television and making even big stars out of the four county sheriffs and reaches concerned citizens 24/7 in their homes.
- Having a weekly Radio Talk Show, our own “atta boy or girl” program informing the listeners what we have done for you lately.
Nancy Epps - Past-President
I have had the distinct honor of serving as the president of Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida since January 2013 as the result of a change in the date of our annual meeting to more closely coincide with our fiscal year. It has truly been a rewarding time and I believe that the organization is on a great growth path for the future with strong leadership and dedicated board members. The true strength of an organization is a strong, multitalented and active board. Crime Stoppers and I have been blessed with such a board, and I thank the board for the support I have received from them.
Equally important to the board is an efficient and effective Executive Director and we are very fortunate to have Ms. Alyson Durrance at our helm taking care of the day-to-day business.
We had a very successful student’s poster contest the past two springs thanks to the dedicated efforts of our VP of Programs, Cheryl Lawson Young. The student’s artistic efforts reveal amazing talent, and the contest presents opportunities to introduce to the students both the concept of caring for your fellow citizens and the opportunity to use the anonymous tip line if they have witnessed bullying, drug use, etc.
The VP of Communications, Don Wolfe, produced several PSA’s that have aired on radio stations in the area. He made the effort to record new PSA’s as new statistics became available in order to keep the communities we serve aware of the impact of our organization.
A new finance committee was convened and a new direction for our endowment funds is well on the road to strong growth and management. Thanks to Carl Lentz, Bart Leek, Tom Bexley, Don Wolfe and Jorge Carvajal for serving on that committee with me.
Our annual events, including our Run to Stop Crime 10K/5K and Community Banquet Honoring Law Enforcement were great successes, as usual. The banquet is especially touching for me as we honor the best of the best in the seventh judicial circuit.
To all of you who are present with us today, I thank you for your support of Crime Stoppers and our law enforcement community.
Trace Pendry - V.P. Programs
The main goal of our programs is to provide education on the anonymous tip-line and Text Tipping to further our mission of “HELPING OUR COMMUNITY SOLVE CRIME THROUGH CITIZEN PARTICIPATION”. I am pleased to report that in 2013/14 we took part in many activities and programs that increased Crime Stoppers’ visibility in the community. Some of these activities include:
- National Night out against Crime where we had a presence in 12 cities throughout Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns Counties.
- We participated in multiple Flagler County community events in partnership with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. The events included: Heritage Festival in Bunnell, the Creekside Festival held at the Princess Place Preserve, Home Depot Safety Day, City of Palm Coast Sea Food Festival and Food Truck Tuesday.
- Once again, our Student Crime Stoppers Poster Contest is our most far-reaching educational program in the four counties. This program is coordinator by the Victim Advocates of the State Attorney’s Office. Students are encouraged to submit original student artwork depicting the message “Make your school, your world, a better place”. The winning artists receive awards at county school board meetings. In addition, grand prize winning posters are displayed in all our classrooms with Crime Stopper’s tip line and text tipping information. This poster project encourages our children to assist in making our schools safe.
- In addition to these programs, we continue to promote Crime Stoppers through the use of Billboards in Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St Johns Counties, plus use of electronic billboards for high profile cases; 10 Bus Stop Seats throughout Volusia County; over 7,000 posters in all public schools; Interactive Website, Facebook page, promotional items including pens, pencils, magnets, rulers, and child ID Kits.
- We continue to advertise on VOTRAN buses and para transit buses in Volusia County as well as Council on Aging vehicles in St. Johns County. In 2014, we will be adding Flagler County Public Transportations vehicles to this list.
- In January 2014, we held the 4th Annual Crime Stoppers 10k & 5k “Run to Stop Crime”. The event drew nearly 200 participants from the Central Florida area. A “hero’s category” was added to recognize law enforcements officers participating in the event. A wonderful time was had by all.
- In May 2014, we held the 16th Annual Banquet Honoring Local Law Enforcement. Nearly 300 guests attended the event held at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Four local Law Enforcement Officers were recognized as “Officer of the Year” for their county and a 5th officer was recognized as the “Spirit of Law Enforcement” award winner.
Anna Hackett - V.P. Communications
CRIME STOPPERS serves to help our community solve and prevent crime through citizen participation. The main method of communication for tipsters has been the use of our anonymous Tip Line, 1-888-277-TIPS. We also use technology that enables CRIME STOPPERS to receive text tips and web tips anonymously so tipsters can convey important information to us in a variety of confidential ways. CRIME STOPPERS is active in media contact with newspapers, television, and radio; bumper stickers on patrol cars; billboards; brochures; winning student posters displayed in the classrooms in all four counties and on all Votran buses; bi-annual newsletters; fundraisers; trust fund reports; speaking engagements; safety fairs; and our annual report.
Special thanks goes to Lamar Advertising, Bright House Networks, Clear Channel Radio, and Hometown News for running public service spots for us. We also thank all the local media outlets for their continued support of Crime Stoppers and featuring the Tip Line in all unsolved cases they report about.
If you would like CRIME STOPPERS to provide an information session to your group, association, or workplace please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: CRIME STOPPERS COMMUNICATIONS
Edward Fuller - VP of Resource Development
Our planning, grant-writing, organizational development and integration into the community continues to contribute to our financial success. We are tremendously grateful for the financial support from the Office of the Attorney General Crime Stoppers Trust Fund, and grateful that we are able to supplement those funds with corporate and individual sponsorships at our fundraising events.
Resource Development is a broad term defined by our efforts to become a financially independent organization. Our Resource Development spans leadership in four counties.
Tom Bexley - Treasurer
As Treasurer, I am the duly elected Board member acting as custodian of all corporate funds and financial records for Crime Stoppers of NE Florida. This responsibility extends to other fiscal matters to include financial planning, banking and protection of funds. Notable recent organizational accomplishments include, but are not limited to the following:
- Area-wide 13/14 statistics boasting over 327 arrests and over $17,000 in rewards paid to tipsters.
- An ongoing expectation of growth to our local trust fund courtesy of a $20 statutory court fine for criminal offenses. Of that $20, 85% goes directly to the state level Crime Stoppers Trust Fund. These funds are then filtered directly to that Circuit’s corresponding Crime Stoppers program.
- Formation of an Investment Committee tasked to review current Investment Policies and accounts. This committee’s principal focus thus far has been to acquire and evaluate proposals from qualified financial advisors and make an immediate recommendation to the Board of Directors in that regard.