Welcome to Starfish Assignment Licking County
At Starfish Assignment Licking County (LC) we partner with Licking County Law Enforcement Officers who, during the course of their duty, identify a need in our community.
Licking County is a growing and thriving community, and our law enforcement is an integral part of that. Police Officers recognize the needs of others on a level that we don’t often see. When an officer observes a need in the community that they serve, they can contact us to see how Starfish LC can help. We specialize in “quick-wins” – like donation requests for items like food, clothing, and household items.
We provide programs like Books & Badges –which gives school-aged children books to promote literacy and creates a connection with the officer in the area that they live.
Our goal at Starfish LC is to help our community understand that police officers go to work every day to make a difference and to serve the communities that they patrol.
Why "Starfish" Assignment?
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
One day a man was walking along a beach when he noticed a boy picking up starfish and throwing them into the ocean. He asked the boy what he was doing.
“Throwing starfish into the ocean,” the child replied. “The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back in, they’ll die."
The man laughed. “How can you possibly hope to make a difference? There are miles of beach here, and hundreds, if not thousands of starfish washed up onto it.”
The boy listened politely, then bent down and gently tossed another starfish into the surf. He smiled at the man and said, “I made a difference to that one.”
Carolyn Kollar graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently pursuing her CPA licensure. She currently works in public accounting at a firm located in Worthington, Ohio. After graduation, she worked in the audit department before moving to her current position in client service and tax advisory.
Carolyn is passionate about working with people, specifically helping first responders better themselves and the communities they serve. This passion led her to joining the first fundraising committee for the Save a Warrior program, where she is helping build a program to raise funds for the true heroes of the world that are experiencing their darkest moments. She is also a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Licking County, serving as a Big and hoping to have a positive impact on the next generation.
Carolyn loves traveling the globe with her husband, exploring new cultures. She loves spending time with her two step-daughters and beagle puppy whenever she gets the chance!
Tricia Moore was born and raised in Licking County, and is a graduate of Newark Catholic High School. She went on to attend Saint Mary’s College where she earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology and then obtained her Juris Doctor from Ave Maria School of Law. Upon returning home to Ohio in 2003, she was appointed as an Assistant Law Director for the City of Newark where she is currently employed.
Tricia serves on the Licking County Municipal Drug Court Treatment Team, the Save a Warrior Development Committee, and is the president of the Licking County Republican Women’s Club. She is also an associate member of the Licking County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #127. Through her work as a prosecutor and with Save A Warrior, she has developed a passion for fighting veteran and first responder suicide due to Post Traumatic Stress.
Outside of work, she is a life-long member of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, a CrossFit enthusiast, and mom to three kids and a German short-haired pointer.
Jamie Wright is a proud Police Wife. She began her career in the insurance industry in 2002, and is a licensed Insurance Agent in all lines of insurance. She has since earned a degree in Business Management, and partners the Wright/Dolbow Insurance Agency in Newark, Ohio. She believes that education, service, and community involvement are paramount to her business and personal philosophy.
Jamie is a member of the Young Leaders of Licking County, the Kiwanis Club of Newark, the Licking County Chamber Event Committee, the Small Business Council of Licking County, a graduate of the Community Leadership Class of Licking County, and is honored to bring Starfish Assignment Licking County to her community.
Jamie enjoys writing, music, cooking, and traveling. She and her husband can be found enjoying time with their children, and their French bulldog Winston The Insurance Dog.
Barry L. Connell
Barry L. Connell is a Licking Valley High School graduate and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served in law enforcement for thirty years. He retired as the Chief of the Newark, Ohio Division of Police on July 25, 2020. He worked as a police canine handler/trainer, field training officer, training supervisor, property room supervisor, and public information officer. He also commanded the Administrative, Support, and Patrol Bureaus for the Newark Division of Police. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Columbia Southern University, completing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration.
Barry also completed the Police Executive Leadership College, Certified Law Enforcement Executive program, and the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course. He is involved with several community improvement organizations. Barry was promoted to Sergeant on June 8, 1998, Captain on August 9, 2010, and Chief on March 6, 2015.
Barry is married to Andrea and they have three children, Kendra, James, and John and five grandchildren, Dominic, Tessa, Carleigh, Damien, and Caroline.
Rhonda Grizzell is a Columbus native and graduate of Hamilton Township High School, who went on to attend Wittenberg University, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She entered the Columbus Division of Police in November of 1994 and spent the next 26 years with the Division, retiring at the rank of Commander. While at CPD, Rhonda attended the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. She held numerous assignments in CPD as a bureau Commander, including Patrol, Training, Property Crimes, Wellness, and Community Response Bureau.
One legacy she is particularly proud of was her involvement in leading the Columbus Peer Assistance Team to combat the effects of stress and traumatic experiences that officers must face.
In October 2020, she assumed the role of Deputy Chief of Police under Chief Curtis Baker with the Reynoldsburg Division of Police. Deputy Chief Grizzell is excited to join Starfish Assignment Licking County and is looking forward to expanding the partnership within RPD.
Heather grew up in a small farming town in Northwest Ohio, where helping your fellow neighbor was just the way of life. She was a first generation college student and graduated from Ohio University cum laude with a BS in Communications. While at OU, Heather piloted and created a children’s television show that still airs today and interned at Nickelodeon. She relocated to Licking County in 2009 with her husband, Mark. Mark is a firefighter/paramedic at Plain Township Fire Department and through him, Heather has seen the value of a hand up in times of need. Heather has spent the majority of her career in financial services and has a heart for her community and giving back.
Heather stays active in her local community, volunteering on the Board of Directors for The Food Pantry Network of Licking County and the Board of Directors for the Licking County Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Young Leaders of Licking County and is an active Newark Rotarian serving on their community service committee. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Newark Kiwanis Club, Camp O’Bannon and The Woodlands. Heather cycles regularly and participates in Pelotonia annually. In 2015, Heather was featured as one of Licking County’s Top 20 under 40. In that same year, she was honored as Kiwanian of the Year by the Newark Kiwanis Club. She and her family are members of St. Francis Church in Newark. Heather enjoys fishing on the Great Lakes and spending time outdoors with her husband, Mark, and son, Reed.