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.
licensed professional counselor
Gayle has worked in therapeutic services since 2007, creating safe environments for children, youth and adults to explore areas of desired change and growth. Gayle’s therapy focuses on matters that interfere with life, productivity and relationships, including depression, anxiety, addiction, body image, identity, grief.
Gayle has served in school counseling in addition to private practice. “One of my greatest passions is embracing ourselves right where we are, while also committing to change. I firmly believe our capacity for joy depends on connecting well in our most important relationships.
organizational development and marketing
Reagan kickstarted her journey with BreakDown in 2010 as an Onstage dancer. Since then she has filled many roles such as a two year dance captain, conference speaker, and has been an active alumni. She is eager to continue serving with BreakDown as the Organizational Development and Marketing Intern this year. Currently, she is a senior at Missouri State Univeristy and will graduate in the spring with a degree in Organizational Communication. Reagan is passionate about leading young women as they recognize their potential and take steps to change the world around them.
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.
mary joy (mj) uebelein
Mary Joy (MJ) serves as the Community Relations intern for BreakDown St. Louis. She spent two years as a peer mentor for the team, and has now been an active alumni for two years. She continues to have a heart for cultivating positive influences within youth culture, and is excited to come on board this year as an intern. Her role as an intern with BreakDown is to develop and sustain better communication with alumni and the public. Mary Joy updates and edits the website, as well as heads up communication with alumni. MJ is a sophomore at Harding University, studying Nursing and Ministry. She plans to continue her work with nonprofits in hopes of starting up one of her own in the future.
Emma Winter is excited to start her sophomore year of college as the BreakDown STL Marketing intern. She spent 3 years as a Peer Mentor and her last year as Peer Mentor captain. She is attending college at Maryville University so she can still be involved as an alumni. Her job as an intern this fall is to help get the word out about BreakDown, and organize events. No task is too small. Emma plans to major in Graphic Design with experience in marketing so she can eventually do work that she loves from home.