Founder and President
Jenna founded BreakDown STL in 2006, recognizing the call on her life to make a positive impact on the current youth culture. Jenna has 25+ years of experience in working with teens as a high school coach, youth leader, and mentor. Her experience as a professional dancer gave her the opportunity to work on several professional sets, which gave her the artistic background needed to make BreakDown STL a multimedia success. Jenna is thrilled to combine her gifts, life experiences, and enthusiasm for youth to continue growing BreakDown STL. Her passion is to inspire, grow and encourage young people to strive for excellence as they pursue their goals and to share TRUTH with young people so they are equipped to make healthy life choices that shape their character, integrity and self worth. Jenna is happy to do life with her husband, Terry ("Papa T"), and two children, Johnny and Reagan.
Cyra has served in nonprofit leadership since 2002 working with urban youth, domestic violence survivors, homeless families and ex-offenders. She joined our team in 2017 with a desire to strengthen the St. Louis region through the next generation of influencers. Cyra has coached development and leadership professionals since 2015, in addition to nurturing and managing allocations of $30+ million in federal and foundation grants, corporate and individual gifts. Cyra's role with BreakDown STL includes development, financial and
administrative systems. Cyra believes in the unlimited
potential of young people and is thrilled to go to the next
level with BreakDown STL.
program manager, north team
Dell comes to us after years serving in the Air Force, DoD contracting, and corporate environments. He has spent his career pouring into the lives of others to help them be the best version of themselves. His involvement with BreakDown began as a father of a Leadership Team member, but soon became a volunteer on the tech crew. After seeing the first-hand impact BreakDown STL had on his daughter and the thousands of students in the St. Louis region, he is excited to join our team as we pursue to ignite life-changing fires in the hearts and minds of today's youth. Dell has a passion to see our youth discover and walk in their true identity-- realizing they are valuable, loved, accepted, and designed for greatness.
Hanna jumped on board with the BreakDown STL staff in 2017 as a Program Manager. Prior to coming on staff, she was a BreakDown STL Leadership Team Member and served on the peer mentor team for 3 years. After experiencing the impact BreakDown STL had on Hanna’s life, she could not be more excited to now invest in her legacy.
Hailey began her journey with BreakDown in 2015 and she served as a dancer for two years. She is now back serving as a Female Discipleship Intern. Hailey has a passion for people and specifically has a heart for helping others grow in their relationships with God. In her free time, she enjoys trying different local coffee shops, spending time with her French Bulldog Stella and spending time in the Word, growing closer to Jesus. She’s entering her junior year at Missouri State University and is pursuing a degree in Child Life Studies, preparing herself for a career in helping people and loving them like Jesus. She is so excited to be back with her BreakDown family!
Nikki served on the BreakDown STL Onstage Leadership team for 3 years as a dancer. For her third and final year she was a dance co-captain. She is helping out this summer with kickstarting the dance team for the new year and planning for our annual summer retreat. She just finished up her freshman year at Missouri State University where she’s studying Psychology and Gerontology. Nikki is so blessed to be given the opportunity to pour back into her legacy now as an alumni and an intern and to serve alongside the world changers that make up the BreakDown family.
Miracle Mayes served on the BreakDown Leadership team as a West Team Stage Manager and Peer Mentor, and a North Team Drama Captain. She just can’t get enough of this family so she is serving as an intern this summer wearing many hats. As the music lead, training and mentor the stage crew, and helping lead the North Drama team. She is so grateful that she has the opportunity to continue to pour into her legacy! When she’s not serving BreakDown she is actively involved in her church, hanging out, pouring into her friends, and will be starting flight school in the fall.
program and media relations
Hannah served as a Peer Mentor on the BreakDown STL team for 2 years and now plays a role as the Program and Media Relations Intern. Hannah is finishing up her last semester at St. Charles Community College and will be transferring to Missouri State University in the Spring. She is studying Elementary Education and Missions. In Hannah’s free time she enjoys hiking, traveling the world, and spending time with her sweet Savior. Hannah loves her BreakDown family and is elated to continue investing in this great organization!
measurable outcomes analyst
Josh is currently serving as the Measurable Outcome Analysis Intern here at BreakDown St. Louis. The majority of this intern role consists of compiling survey data from all the schools BreakDown St. Louis presents in. Josh analyzes the data from the pre and post-surveys that students take before and after an OffStage or OnStage presentation to determine what impact BreakDown STL had on that school that day. He began his time serving on the BreakDown STL Leadership Team in 2015 as a Peer Mentor in the OffStage program, and served there for two years before becoming an active Alumnus. Josh graduated college in 2015 from the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Emma was on the BreakDown STL dance team for two years and served as a dance co-captain for one year. She is excited to continue serving as a Summer Intern to assist in planning the leadership summer retreat as well assist with the dance team and empower the dance captains. Emma will be attending Missouri State University as a freshman in the fall. In her free time, Emma enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is passionate about serving and encouraging others.
Mason served on the BreakDown STL drama team for 2 years and now is a male discipleship intern. Mason is entering his freshman year at the University of Tulsa. Mason loves BreakDown and is honored to serve the family and legacy this summer.
Jack served on the BreakDown STL Leadership Team for 3 years as the Tech Lead. He is now serving as the Male Discipleship/Tech Leadership intern. Meanwhile Jack is working to save up for the road to Fire Academy. He loves to do any and all activities if it’s with the people he loves. Jack is excited to lead and learn as a summer intern this year.