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 believe myself to be certifiably awesome!

  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 an 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.

Chioma Abonyi

Human Resources Team / Community Team / Marketing Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I am from Nigeria, and I live in Lagos, the capital.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. My most 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 and my favourite type is 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 out the best in them. It has also helped me to learn more about working in human resources, because I want to be the best I can be.

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

Chioma Abonyi
Mohamed Mabrouk Al Asfar

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.

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.

Bhavya Bhandary
Radhika Mahtani

Radhika Mahtani

Front-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, and 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 your 'success' as its motive, and wants to help lead your dreams to reality! We all want to succeed and Break Diving helps us (even staff) to 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 Menace).

Kelly Chen

Fluency Project Team / Marketing Team / Community Team / Coding Intern
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I’m an America citizen but I lived in China for 11 years. I currently live in Texas.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I am an officer of the Global Companions Club in my school, it is a club where we volunteer to help taking care of the dogs and encourage people to adopt dogs.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I'm fluent in Chinese and English. I also enjoy learning new things and can easily adapt to a new environment.

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. None yet! But I graduate high school in 2021!

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

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. Break Diving is full of people who are willing to share and care for each other. We help others worldwide to build confidence in themselves. From Break Diving, I learned to share the joy I get when someone replies to my post with others, give them the same joy. We help each other not only at work but also in their life. When someone has a problem, we share our tips and do our best to troubleshoot. I can always find a topic and people that I can relate to, share about the knowledge that I know and realize that what I shared can influence someone else is BIG, and I LOVE it! Though we’re not with each other physically, we all shine a positive light that can lighten up the others. Monroe once told me: “life is full of regrets but we should turn them into a launch pad, and No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets.” which has deeply impacted me.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I like to keep things organized and fulfill my day with tasks. I believe that challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

Kelly Chen
Ileana Argyris

Ileana Argyris

Coding Team / Community Team
  1. Where are you from?
  2. I'm from Hawaii.

  3. Proud Accomplishments?
  4. I started building robots when I was 11. I represented the Philippines and Qatar at Model United Nations in New York.

  5. Awesome Skills?
  6. I can play the flute and I can speak 5 languages (at varying degrees of fluency).

  7. Any certifications or degrees you may have?
  8. I have a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a nanodegree in Front End Development from Udacity.

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

  11. What did you find appealing about Break Diving?
  12. Everyone at Break Diving cares about you succeeding. Each member is working towards improving themselves and encouraging others to do the same. It's comforting to know that the community is there to support me through my good and bad days.

  13. List one fun fact about yourself.
  14. I love travelling and have visited 10 countries!

Meet The Probationary Staff

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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:

Christoph Wagner - Provided incredible support to us during our first four weeks of launch, helping us fix many bugs and add many great new features (such as photo uploads)!

Echo Yu - Helped take our Chinese Fluency Project program to a higher level over two months.

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

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

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

Leul Mamo - Helped keep our Twitter buffer (and the team's enthusiasm) going for four months.

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

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

Shree Patel - Helped the front end development and marketing teams for seven months.

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.

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