Meet The Staff

(Listed in order of length of service to the cause as a staff member)

Monroe Mann Executive Director and Founder

Monroe Mann

@monroemann

Executive Director / Founder / Coding Projects Manager / Backend Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I'm from New York, in the United States, and it's where I currently live.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I am a bronze-star nominated Iraq war vet, a Barnes & Noble.com # 1 bestselling author, and the producer of the feature film, "You Can't Kill Stephen King", which is on Amazon Prime!

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I love motivating and leading people. I also hope you'll subscribe to my youtube channel at youtube.com/monroemann 我会说汉语! I can also code in Ruby, Rails, HTML, CSS, and some Javascript.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I'm a lawyer, have a PhD in psychology, an MBA in finance, and a masters of entrepreneurship. I'm also certifiably AWEEEESSOOMME!!!

  9. What year did you become affiliated with Break Diving?
  10. I created the Break Diver's Creed (No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets.) in 2002. I founded the company in 2016. And then recruited this amazing team.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. I knew the world needed more inspiration, and that's what Break Diving is all about.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I won an ostrich riding competition in South Africa. I've visited over 30 countries, and have lived in 5 (China, Iraq, Switzerland, France, and USA)

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @monroemann

Tara Jaikaeo

@tara

Head of Development / Back-End Team Leader
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from Thailand, and currently live in Boston, MA.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I placed third in a horse show (jumping and dressage).

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I am proficient with C#, SQL, Python, Ruby, Javascript, HTML, & CSS.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I hold a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Chiang Mai University, and a computer science degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in 2017, and have the distinction of being here longer than anyone other than Monroe, Debbie, and Merlen (the board).

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. I wanted to use my coding skills to help others.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I have traveled to more than 10 countries around the world.

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @tara

Tara Jaikaeo Head of Development
Debbie Bordelon Comunity Team

Debbie Bordelon

@debbiebordelon

Community Team / Coding Test Team

  1. Where are you from?
  2. I'm from Valparaiso, Indiana, and that is where I currently live.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. Wife, and mother to three beautiful children. I'm also an associate producer on the hilarious film, "You Can't Kill Stephen King"

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I am experienced house renovator and flipper. I'm also really good at supporting Monroe! I'm his number one fan!

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I hold a bachelor's degree.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I have been helping Monroe with this concept for over a decade, and in 2016, he had the bright idea of creating a not-for-profit to formally bring the concept to the world.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. I like helping others, and I also support pretty much anything Monroe pursues.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I have over 20 years experience as a cafe manager at Valpo University.

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @debbiebordelon

Tyrone Alcorn

@tyronea

Accounting Team Leader
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from Hawaii, and currently live in Austin, Texas.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I served 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a staff sergeant, including a tour in Afghanistan. I am married with 2 beautiful children.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I love numbers.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I hold a bachelor's degree in accounting from Kaplan University and I am currently pursuing my masters of accounting from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in 2017, shortly after Tara.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. I resonated with the mission from the moment I found out about it.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I have traveled to 4 continents and various countries throughout the world.

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @tyronea

Tyrone Alcorn Accounting Team Leader
Robert Chen Front-End Coding Team

Robert Chen

@robertchen

Front-End Coding Team / Squash Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I was born and raised in Washington State.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I am still in high school and scored a position on this awesome coding team.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I am passionate about computer science and love coding. I am proficient with Java, Javascript, HTML, and CSS.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I graduate from high school soon!

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined this great team in early 2018.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. I love programming and coding and this opportunity gave me a chance to help others and develop my coding skills despite my age. That should say a lot about the company---really great people here.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I speak Chinese & English fluently.

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @robertchen

Emmilie Estabillo

@emmiliee

Squash Team Leader / Back-End Development Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from the Philippines, and currently live in New Jersey.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I speak Tagalog and English.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I love coding, and I specialize in Ruby on Rails.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I finished dentisty school and hold a masters in health informatics.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in June 2018.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. A chance to code more, and change the world at the same time.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I recruited the next person on this list!

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @emmiliee

Emmilie Estabillo Squash Team Leader
Juliana Bustamante Front-End Team Leader

Juliana Bustamante

@JulianaBF

Front-End Team Leader, Back-End Development Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from Colombia, lived in Argentina for three years, and now live in Queens, New York.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I learned how to speak English.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I am proficient in HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, NodeJS, GraphQL, VueJS, MongoDB, Web Accesibility, and Ruby on Rails

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I hold a bachelor's degree in systems engineering from Universidad El Bosque.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in June 2018.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. I wanted to help others and code, and this was a perfect match.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I live next to the coolest Ukelele open mic venue in NYC!

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @julianaBF

Rae Charkarutpahu

@Rae

Marketing Manager / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I'm from Thailand, and currently live in Orange County, California.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I speak Thai, English, Korean, and some Chinese.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I try to come up with great marketing ideas.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I hold a master’s degree in business analysis and strategic management from the University of Manchester, UK and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from San Francisco State University.

  9. When did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in early fall of 2018.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. The mission says it all!

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. Monroe has given me a nickname. But I won't share it outside of staff meetings!

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @rae

Rae Charkarutpahu Marketing Manager
Shree Patel Marketing Team

Shree Patel

@Shree

Marketing Team / Junior Web Developer / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I was born and raised in New Jersey.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I have over 1,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel!

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I can code in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Ruby.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I have a bachelor's of science degree in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined Break Diving in the fall of 2018.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. All other social media is about watching other people succeed. Break Diving focuses on helping you succeed yourself. I wanted to be a part of that.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I have traveled in previous years to Panama and Nicaragua for volunteering.

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @shree

Echo Yu

@Echo Yu

Chinese Language Team / Fluency Project
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I was born and raised in China, and I currently live in SuZhou.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I have earned three bachelor’s degrees, and I am preparing to pursue further education.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I embrace new things very fast and have good learning capabilities.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I have three degrees: Bachelor of Science in Bio-technology, Bachelor of Arts in Business English, and a Bachelors of Management.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined Break Diving in fall of 2018.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. People here have really attractive personalities and I have already seen various lives changed for the better here. We have different cultures, different languages, and even different calendars, but Break Diving connects us together and we all make an effort to live life without regrets. Break Diving encourages me to look more deeply into my life.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I especially love to meditate and empty my mind of random thoughts!

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @Echo Yu

Echo Yu Chinese Language Team
Leul Mamo Marketing Team

Leul Mamo

@leul joe

Marketing Team / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from Ethiopia and currently live in Addis Ababe, Ethiopia.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I just started my own blog.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. Project management and... making people smile!

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I will soon be earning my LLB (law degree) from Addis Ababa University.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined Break Diving in the fall of 2018.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. The Break Diver's Creed resonated strongly with me and gave everybody a chance to create impact in the world. Also, Break Diving was and is very inclusive, and doesn't discriminate.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. Isaac Lidsky, the lawyer, entrepreneur and New York times bestseller author, sent me a free audio book of his latest release, making me the first person in Africa to read/listen to his book!

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @leul joe

Lija Jose

@Lija

Front End Coding Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I'm from Kerala, India, and curently live in Texas.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. Based on my merit and skills I was able to secure a Canada Permanent Residency for my family. I am also proud to have received scholarships when I was in college and also when I worked with Fiserv India Pvt.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I can code in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C#, ASP.NET among other languages.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I have a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in fall of 2018.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. Prior to joining the company, I used to only focus on what I know and could do in the coding field, but now I'm expanding my horizons to include new topics in coding and now also marketing, which is brand new to me. All thanks to the opportunities Break Diving is providing to me.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I learned classical dance.

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @lija

Lija Jose Development Team
Chioma Abonyi

Chioma Abonyi

@Oluwachi

Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from Nigeria, where I live in Lagos.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. My proud accomplishment is joining Break Diving and meeting new people from different countries.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I love acting and I enjoy stage drama. I also love singing but my favourite are blues.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I graduated from high school.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined Break Diving in the year 2018

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. Break Diving has given me a chance to communicate with people and help out in bringing the best of them. It has also helped me in becoming the best HR I can possibly be.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I love smiling.

  15. How can people find you in the Break Diving Slack community?
  16. @Oluwachi

Meet The Probationary Staff

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