Jamie Wright is the Founder and President of Starfish Assignment Licking County. Jamie is a Police Wife who recognized the need to bring together law enforcement and the Licking County community to help people.
Jamie began her career in the insurance industry in 2002. She has since earned a degree in Business Management, and she partners a local Insurance Agency in Licking County. 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, on the steering committee of the Small Business Council of Licking County, the spokeswoman for the Community Leadership Class of Licking County 2020, an honoree on the Newark Advocate’s top 20 under 40 list, named the Licking County 2021 Young Professional of the Year, and a recipient of the Ohio Insurance Agents (OIA) Community Service Award in 2021 – honoring an Independent Insurance Agent that has provided extraordinary service within their local community.
Jamie is also the podcast host of For The Love of Licking County: A podcast on leadership, entrepreneurship, and community impact – presented by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Council.
Outside of work, she enjoys writing, music, cooking, and traveling. She and her husband can be found enjoying time with their children, and their French bulldog, Winston.
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.
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!
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.