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.
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.
Mark is the President of First Collinsville Bank. 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 classes, and strategic advocacy.
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.
Zach is the Youth Programs Manager for R3 Development as well as the Youth Pastor at City of Joy Fellowship. Zach and his wife, Jennifer, along with their three children, have lived in East Saint Louis since 2016. He spends a majority of his time building relationships with our youth to ensure that they are cared for and well resourced and equipped to move in the direction of their desired careers. He was previously on staff with a college ministry for three years, where he created and hosted events, had many public speaking engagements, and had the opportunity to mentor several college students. His heart and passion is to deeply invest his time into the lives of the youth of East Saint Louis.
D.J. owns his own construction company and is serving as a construction advisor on the board as well as the general contractor for the organization. His business-minded service brings such value to R3's operations. He oversees some of the investment properties we flip to fund the organization.
Deeply passionate about youth and community development, Johnathan is a teacher at the SIUE Charter High School in East St. Louis. He and his wife have been investing in East St. Louis residents for more than five years and were part of the ministry that led to the birth of R3 Development.