Rohner leaving June 30; Gallo named director
There's a changing of the guard coming to Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, where longtime executive director Jodie Rohner is stepping down to join her husband in Colorado.
The executive director said that when she arrived at Crime Stoppers 11 years ago, they had one phone line that generated about 54 anonymous tips. Since that fateful day in 2009, Rohner and her board have helped the organization grow to 1,200 anonymous tips per year collected over two phone lines, a Facebook "Leave a Tip" tab, a website-enabled tip line, and the free P3 Tips app for mobile phone users.
It was a vocation for Rohner, who worked around-the-clock along with her dedicated board to save the organization that was once on the brink of nearly being shuttered.
"I could not have achieved any of this without the support of the wonderful community that we are fortunate enough to call home," Rohner said. "This was more than a job for me; it was my life. Sleepless nights, tears, laughter, and most often, joy."
Her departure is bittersweet, Rohner said, adding, "I want to thank each of you for your part in my journey."
That journey involved countless hours of community development. Rohner was instrumental in developing and introducing programs to serve every age group in the community. From the Neighborhood Watch concept to Community Signs, the KEYS (Keeping Every Youth Safe) Alliance, Senior Safety, Girls Safety 101, among others, Rohner tried to implement programs that Tangipahoa residents would use. She also created the parish's Crime Walks, helped with the Safe Schools Project and organized the End of School Sumer Safety Bash each year, where she utilized national safety initiatives like Child Safety ID kits and McGruff the Crime Dog to help residents recognize the connection between national safety campaigns and the local Crime Stoppers organization.
Officials with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office offered their appreciation for Rohner's "unwavering support and partnership" over the last 11 years.
"Her work through Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa has been a catalyst that has allowed us the opportunity to strengthen relationships within our community and stand behind a shared message that nothing is ever done alone, not even in law enforcement," TPSO officials said in a statement.
Rohner will remain on the job until June 30. She will help incoming executive director Michelle Gallo transition into the job.
Gallo is well-known in the Tangipahoa community. Prior to joining Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, she served as manager of The Daily Star newspaper. She has a wealth of experience working with parish agencies and private businesses and will utilize her many years of experience in fundraising, marketing, and event planning to carry on Rohner's goal of helping to provide a safe place for Tangipahoa's children to eventually raise their own children. Vicky Blaze will stay on as an administrator for the group.