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

Executive Director / Founder / Coding Projects Manager / Backend Coding Team / Community 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 Plus, 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 1999 or 2000. I founded this 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 the USA)

Debbie Bordelon

Coding Test Team / Community 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.

Debbie Bordelon Comunity Team
Robert Chen Front-End Coding Team

Robert Chen

Front-End Coding Team / Back-End Coding Team / Community 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, and am quickly picking up ruby on rails.

  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.

Shree Patel

Marketing Team / Frontend Coding Team / 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.

Shree Patel Marketing Team
Echo Yu Chinese Language Team

Echo Yu

Fluency Project Team / Chinese Language Team / Community Team
  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!

Leul Mamo

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

Leul Mamo Marketing Team
Chioma Abonyi

Chioma Abonyi

Human Resources Team / Community Team / Marketing 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.

Mohamed Mabrouk Al Asfar

Finance Team / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I’m from Gharbia, Egypt, and it's where I currently live.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I have started my own business and have made one big transaction so far.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I like numbers.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I have a bachelors degree in commerce from Tanta University, Egypt.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in January 2019.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. Break Diving is a community of purpose. We don’t just socialize. We evolve and grow. It’s a suitable place for whoever wants to see self improvement.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I don’t know if you will laugh at this but given the team here at Break Diving, who all tend to be up late at night, it’s quite funny: I usually go to sleep quite early.

Mohamed Mabrouk Al Asfar
Bhavya Bhandary

Bhavya Bhandary

Backend Coding Team / Finance Team / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from India, and I currently live in New Jersey.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. Mother to wonderful twins. Joining the Break Diving team.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I can code in HTML, CSS, Javascript, SAP-ABAP, and now Ruby/Rails.

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

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in January 2019.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. Break Diving's amazing mission (to help others worldwide) and the amazing team who inspires me daily to achieve my goals.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I have traveled to more than 7 countries.

Fidelis Okafor

Back-End Development Team / Marketing Team / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from Bauchi, Nigeria, and it's where I currently live.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I started and manage a community of 1k+ people.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I can code in Ruby, PHP, Python and I'm also now geting into DevOps.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I have a degree in computer science.

  9. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  10. I joined the team in January 2019.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. Break Driving is a community that gives us power over our lives and bridges the gap between talent and opportunity.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I love making memories.

Fidelis Okafor
Radhika Mahtani

Radhika Mahtani

Back-End Development Team / Marketing Team / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I'm from India and I currently live in Boston,MA, in the United States of America.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I am an IT Professional with expertise in SQL, Python, R programming languages. I have over three years of experience in various fields of Data Analytics, Research, Business Analytics, Marketing, & Telecommunication.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I am a multi-tasker and learning is what keeps me going, I'm proficient with various BI Tools like Tableau, Power BI, Superset, Qlik, Cognos, and also have experience with use of various database frameworks like MySql, SQLSever, Redshift and Oracle. I'm familiar with ERP, CRM and Siebel Software systems.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I have two Bachelor's degrees and I'm currently pursuing Data Science/Analytics from Harvard University.

  9. What year did you become affiliated with Break Diving?
  10. I joined the team in February 2019.

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. The team at Break Diving sees our 'Success' as its motive, leading a dream to reality and helping us all achieve it. We all want to succeed and Break Diving helps us do just that!

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I am a pro at basketball and swimming. I love baking and I'm a mom to a two-year old boy (who is nothing less than a Dennis the Mennis).

Meet The Probationary Staff

Kelly Chen

Fluency Project Team / Marketing Team / Community Team / Coding Intern
  1. Where are you from?
  2. Coming soon

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. Coming soon

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. Coming soon

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  7. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  8. Coming soon

  9. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  10. Coming soon

  11. List one fun fact about yourself.
  12. Coming soon

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Meet The Member Consultants

Christoph Wagner

Coding Team / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. Coming soon

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. Coming soon

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. Coming soon

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  7. What year did you become a Break Diving Volunteer?
  8. Coming soon

  9. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  10. Coming soon

  11. List one fun fact about yourself.
  12. Coming soon

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Former Volunteer Staff Who Made Great and Lasting Contributions To Break Diving

Break Diving thanks the following individuals who deserve particular recognition for the time they spent helping our cause. Thank you for your support and sacrifices towards our mission of bringing success, happiness, and friendship to individuals worldwide. 🌮 🚀 :always:

Tara Jakaieo - Coded massive parts of the pre-launch.io backend, and all of the pre-launch admin backend.

Tyrone Alcorn - Handled most of our accounting for part of 2017 and all of 2018.

Emmilie Estabillo - Coded significant parts of both the .io frontend and backend.

Juliana Bustamente - Coded most of the beautiful frontend signup process for our members.

Roberto Severino - Part of the team that got our adwords marketing functioning.

Harold Brandon - Tracked major bugs during development of the .io site.

Rae Charkarutpahu - Helped lead the marketing team and set up our analytics system.