BOARD OF DIRECTORS
D.J. joined the board of R3 in 2017. He owns his own construction company and is serving as a construction advisor on the board as well as a general contractor for the organization. His business-minded service brings such value to R3's operations and mission. He has a deep love for the Lord and a humble heart to use his gifts to make a difference in the lives of others.
Kirsten is passionate about followers of Jesus living out the gospel in everyday life. She desires to see them live in a way that points others to Jesus and brings His kingdom to earth. She possesses an Associates Degree in Business Administration and is currently enrolled at Moody Bible Institute studying Theology & Cultural Engagement. She has experience as a business manager and business owner of 15 years altogether.
Mark is the President of FCB Banks. He began as a teller at the age of 16 and worked his way through the ranks. Worked multiple jobs throughout his teenage years to pay his way through college while balancing challenging family dynamics -allowing him to empathize with individuals in difficult family situations. His bank is passionate about the area and its residents; therefore, R3 is an excellent way for him to invest his time through one-on-one relationships, financial literacy, and strategic advocacy.
Brian is a real estate agent and a dynamic advocate for R3. He is serving R3 as a housing development advisor on the board. He assists in property acquisition and sales within East St. Louis as well as the surrounding communities. His experience is extremely helpful to the housing element of R3.
Jazlyn grew up in the heart of south St. Louis. After graduating from Webster Groves High School, Jazlyn attended Hanover College to pursue her degree in Theology and Sociology. After earning her bachelor's degree in 2017, she attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In 2019 she graduated with her master's degree in professional school counseling. She began her career in East St. Louis shortly after graduating. For the first two years of her education career, she worked as a Jobs for America's Graduates Specialist at the Wyvetter Younge Alternative School. In this role, Jazlyn recognized her passion for preparing students for life after high school. Jazlyn is enthusiastic about teaching topics such as professional presence, communication skills, employability skills, and financial literacy. From this role, Ms. Stanciel transitioned on to become the Career Pathways Supervisor for District 189 in 2021. In this role, Jazlyn coordinates college and career readiness engagement activities for the whole school district. Jazlyn is currently a board member for R3 and the Illinois Coalition for Community Service Board.
Johnathan is a STEM teachers at the local SIUE Charter High School in East St. Louis and has served on R3’s board since 2016. He is a member of several associations including the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, National Science Teacher Association, National Education Association, Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Professional Staff Association. Johnathan’s extensive passion and expertise aS a teacher serving under-resourced youth, is a tremendous gift to R3.
Co-Founder / Emeritus Board Member
Brian began working with East St. Louis youth in July 2012 as Director of Operations of Rebirth: East St. Louis. While working at Rebirth, Brian loved creating life-changing experiences for youth that shed light into their identities, strengths, and desires for the future. In February 2015, he helped create R3, and served as the Executive Director for three years, so that youth in East St. Louis would have more opportunities to gain meaningful work experience while rebuilding their own community. Brian has corporate experience in marketing and organizational structure and strategy. He also has experience in overseeing organizational staff and programs, developing youth through academics, character and spiritual development, and life skills training.