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Ashley Burk

Staff: Building and Membership Engagement Manager

Ashley is part of the first generation group who started the Break with Brenda. She is now in her twenties, and a graduate of Crystal Lake South high school. She started a fine arts degree at McHenry County College and is hoping to finish up her last semester shortly. She often writes, longboards, hikes, and travels. She is excited to help the generations excel in the lives they aspire to attain.


Taylor Keller

Staff: Building Leader

Taylor is a senior studying special education at Illinois State University. She grew up in Algonquin and completed an internship with the Break over the summer for her minor in civic engagement and responsibility. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets as well as watching sports! 


Michelle Mangin

Board Member: Secretary 

Jackie Wittig

Staff: Building Manager

Jackie moved to Crystal Lake in 2005 and is the mother of three. She obtained a degree years ago in Early Childhood Education but has plenty of experience with teens being that hers are 17, 20 and 28. She enjoys spending time with her granddaughter Evelynn (who always keeps her on her toes) and going to the Badgers football games in Madison Wisconsin to watch her son who's in the marching band.


Michelle Mangin

Board Member: Secretary 

Andy Breen

Staff: Prevention & Wellness Specialist

Andy is a native of Illinois and has spent most of his adult life serving Lake and McHenry Counties. He has been dedicated to social and community services since an early age. Andy has earned his B.A. in Cultural Studies from Columbia College Chicago and pursued graduate study at National-Louis University. He is a proud recipient of the People for the American Way and Chicago Teaching Fellowships. He has enjoyed working in education and adolescent mental health. He has also worked as a classroom teacher, vocational coach and mental health professional. After work you can find him watching PBS documentaries or White Sox baseball.


Lexie Zeppos 

Staff: Prevention & Wellness Specialist

Lexie is a recent graduate from St. Lawrence University, where she studied Psychology and Public Health. She hopes to get a double masters degree in Public Health and Social Work. She is also an outreach and prevention advocate for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. She enjoys reading mystery/thriller books, her favorite author being Agatha Christie, engaging in photography, writing poetry, and spending time with friends and family.

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