Who We Are

Break the Cycle Staff

Ashley Badgley is the Program Coordinator for Training & Technical Assistance at Break the Cycle. She works to help and support organizations nationwide in their efforts to provide direct services to those experiencing dating abuse. Ashley believes we all deserve a life free of violence and full of healthy relationships. She thinks fully-embraced and celebrated equality and diversity are fundamental and essential. 

 
Ashley would like to go to Antarctica before so much of it is gone. She would like the power to blink her eyes and make cake appear.
 

Jasmine Ceja is the National Youth Organizing Manager at Break the Cycle, overseeing and implementing all programs related to youth engagement and outreach. This includes curricula maintenance, peer education program development and national expansion, cultivating collaborative relationships to further the reach of these programs and managing the National Youth Advisory Board, as well as representing loveisrespect among networks of local, state and national partners. Jasmine’s goal is to end the culture of silence surrounding relationships, empower young people to speak out if they are experiencing dating violence and recognize what constitutes a healthy relationship.

She would like to visit Greece and all of Europe and have the ability to time travel without any negative repercussions or loophole consequences.


Megan Challender is a Staff Attorney with Break the Cycle, providing legal representation to victims of dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in Washington, DC, between the ages of 12 and 24. She also helps in obtaining civil protection orders, child custody, divorce and other related legal matters. Megan feels dating violence impacts a person’s entire life and by working with survivors, she can make a change in a young person’s life, allowing them the autonomy to make decisions so they can live a life free of abuse.

She would like to visit Japan and wishes she had the ability to teleport.


Erin Clark is the Program Specialist for Training and Technical Assistance at Break the Cycle. She facilitates live and web-based trainings, develops resource materials and offers individual consultations on dating abuse dynamics and response to service providers nationwide. Erin is passionate about supporting the unique and powerful organizations Break the Cycle works with across the country to challenge dating abuse in their communities.

She would love to spend time in South Africa and hone her skills of apparition.


Chad Finley is the Graphic Designer for Break the Cycle, designing promotion and marketing graphics, web page mockups, logos and more. He firmly believes dating abuse is a subject that needs to be addressed publicly and brought to the forefront of people’s minds.

He would love to visit England and wishes his superpower could be teleportation.


Jessica Flowers is the Development Coordinator at Break the Cycle, cultivating and maintaining donor relations, assisting with fundraising activities, communicating with supporters and acting as a board liaison. Jessica wholeheartedly believes that educating teens to maintain healthy relationships plays an important role in building self-esteem, self-love and self-respect, all very important aspects of a healthy lifestyle.  

She would love to travel to Greece and possess the power of making entire crowds of people break out into song and dance on demand.


Kelley Hampton is the Director of Programs at Break the Cycle, overseeing implementation of the organization's programs and projects. She also works to increase the planning, organizing, and controlling program activities. She believes all people deserve healthy and fulfilling relationships, and that focusing on building those relationships at an early age will help young people grow to become healthier, more productive adults.

She would love to travel to Turkey next and to have the ability to read minds.


Khalisa Jacobs is the Director of Development at Break the Cycle. She identifies new resources to support the work of the program team and the young adults we serve.  While new to the dating violence awareness arena she has worked with other youth driven organizations in DC.  Khalisa is eager to become a contributing member of a community dedicated to healthy relationships. 

 
Khalisa would like to travel to India and hone her photography skills. She would like the power to heal.
 

Joseph Jessie is the Communications Manager at Break the Cycle, overseeing content for websites, blogs and press releases, as well as dealing with social media community management, analytics strategizing and reporting, search engine optimization and email marketing management. Witnessing abuse at an early age made him want to work for a cause he believed in and could understand from experience.

He would like to visit Japan and gain the ability to teleport.


Charlotte Keenan is a Staff Attorney with Break the Cycle, providing comprehensive legal services to adolescent and young adult survivors of dating abuse, sexual assault or stalking. She engages in community outreach to educate the public on our services, as well as conducts workshops for young people and trains adult service providers in issues related to dating violence. Charlottes believes everyone has the right to feel safe within their relationships, and that by cultivating healthy relationships, we move closer to a society that values and protects the autonomy and safety of everyone.

She would love to travel to Argentina and find a way to boil water with her mind.


Darlene Kiyan is the Executive Director at Break the Cycle. She reports to the Board of Directors, has the overall strategic and operational responsibility for Break the Cycle's staff, programs, growth, and execution of its mission. She helps develop deep knowledge of the field, our core programs, operations, and business plans.

She would love to visit France, and have the ability to teleport.


Laila Leigh is the Legal Services Manager for Break the Cycle, overseeing all aspects of the legal services program and providing direct, holistic legal services to young survivors of dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. She also collaborates with community partners to provide coordinated responses to abuse and develop effective prevention strategies. She feels everyone deserves love, and no one deserves love to be diminished by abuse.

She would live to visit Madagascar, Iceland and the Galapagos Islands and wishes she had the power to shape shift.


Quincy O’Neal is the Grants and Database Administrator at Break the Cycle, maintaining the organization’s databases, grant budgets and contracts. He feels strongly that it’s important to debunk the myth that domestic violence happens in singular incidences of paroxysms of anger and rage that only occur in long-term committed adult relationships -- it can happen to anyone at anytime, and he wants to make sure that everyone understands and knows this.

He would love to visit New Zealand and Ghana and possess the power to absorb and use other people’s superpowers at his leisure.


Nadia Osman is the Content Coordinator at Break the Cycle, creating content for all aspects of Break the Cycle, including website content, blog posts, press releases and social media, as well as assist in developing strategy and marketing campaigns. She is also the point person for the Love Is Not Abuse Coalition. Nadia feels as though dating violence is part of a cultural paradigm we have the power to shift and hopes to inspire everyone young and old to take action to end unhealthy and abusive relationships.

She would love to the United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark, Japan and Fiji, and wishes she had the power to eat all the donuts and sandwiches she wanted without any consequences.


Diane Santana is the Director of Development at Break the Cycle, implementing development strategy, grant writing, leveraging relationships and contacts on a national level and working towards achieving fundraising goals by engaging sponsors in ongoing service activities. As a mother of three children, Diane feels fulfilled to be in a position where can make a difference in their lives by promoting prevention and intervention of dating abuse and empowering young people to create a society aware of these issues.

She would like to travel to Spain and wishes she had the superpower of eternal knowledge.


Christina-Marie Santillan is the National Community Organizer for Break the Cycle, facilitating and coordinating programs among young people. She also maintains curricula, manages a national peer education program, provides support and information to community members and works collaboratively with local and national partners to advance programs. In high school, one of Christina-Marie’s friends was in an abusive relationship, which left her feeling helpless. She believes Break the Cycle’s work inspires young people to make a positive difference.

She would love to travel to Santorini, Greece and have the power to be omnilingualistic so she could travel all over the world and never have to worry about a language barrier.


Airelle Smith is the Administrative Coordinator for Break the Cycle, coordinating communication between offices in Austin, Los Angeles and Washington DC. She also works closely with the Training and Technical Assistance team in DC to provide them with logistical support for conferences, webinars and weekly meetings. Sadly, several of Airelle’s friends between high school and college were sexually assaulted or traumatized by unhealthy and abusive relationships. Working in this field has given her the knowledge and vocabulary to support and help empower others currently experiencing abuse to live healthier, happier lives.

She would love to visit Canada to practice her French in Quebec and wishes her one superpower would be propelling spaghetti from her hands.


Board of Directors

Michelle Armoni is an HR Consultant who holds more than 20 years of business management and human resources experience. In her practice, she partners with clients on employment issues and policies, training and strategic human capital initiatives. Michelle earned a Masters of Science in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University, a certificate in Human Resources from Loyola Marymount University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Syracuse University. Michelle also holds a certification as a mediator through the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Michelle has worked in a consulting capacity for more than seven years and served as an internal HR practitioner handling a wide-variety of critical business issues in multiple arenas, including multiple start-up operations for 15 years. She worked for a worldwide, nonprofit organization as an HR Director for three years. Michelle specializes in HR strategy, employee relations and change management. She works closely with her clients to develop effective strategies for maturing organizational effectiveness. Her focus is to drive strategy to help maximize operational efficiency and human capital productivity.


Rachel Barchie is an associate with the law firm Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, where she handles litigation in a variety of subject areas, including employment, entertainment, intellectual property, real estate and general business litigation. Rachel is a regular contributor to Greenberg Glusker's entertainment law blog, Law Law Land, and in Spring 2010 co-taught a "Deposition Strategies and Techniques" course at USC Gould School of Law. In September 2008, she was honored by the State Bar of California with the "Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award" for her work representing a transgender, HIV-positive asylum seeker from Mexico. Rachel's involvement with Break the Cycle began in the summer of 2003, when she was a law intern in BTC's Los Angeles office. Rachel subsequently helped start the Break the Cycle Young Professionals group. Rachel is a fluent Spanish speaker and relishes any opportunity to use the language. She received her B.A. from Scripps College and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.


Jennifer Kuhn is an innovative attorney with twenty years of experience developing collaborative solutions to help individuals and organizations meet their goals. Currently, Jennifer is the Senior Corporate Relations Manager for Allstate Financial where she provides strategic communication counsel to Allstate Financial senior leaders to drive the company's operating strategy, enhance employee engagement and lead holistic communication efforts across the company. Jennifer created The Allstate Foundation's Domestic Violence Program which focuses on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors and has reached over 100,000 survivors. In 1991, Jennifer obtained her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Working as an Assistant States Attorney in Cook County, Illinois, Jennifer specialized in domestic violence prosecutions and assisted in the creation and development of the first-ever Domestic Violence Division. In 1999, she served as staff to the President Clinton's National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women in the creation of a comprehensive manual detailing the accomplishments of the violence against women movement and making recommendations for future action. Returning to Illinois, Jennifer served as Chief of the Crime Victim Services Division for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for four years before joining Allstate. Jennifer is a single mother of an energetic 14-year-old son, Connor.


Kyle P. Schneberg is a civil litigator who represents individuals from all manner of social, cultural and financial backgrounds. He focuses his practice on the areas of Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse and Personal Injury. Kyle received his Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Southern California. He joined the Board of Directors for Break the Cycle in 2013. His relevant experience includes serving indigent victims of domestic violence for several years through the Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Project.


Brian Singer is the Controller at jetAVIVA, a private firm that specializes in providing personalized sales, brokerage, customer acceptance, delivery, and pilot services specifically tailored to those in the market for light, single-pilot turboprops and jets. jetAVIVA has completed more than 600 aircraft sales around the world, and the company, with a half-billion dollars' worth of sales, calls itself the number-one light jet sales organization in the world—and one of the top five brokerage firms. As Controller, Brian manages all aspects of jetAVIVA's financial, accounting, legal, and human resource affairs. Specializing in both accounting and finance, Brian relies daily on his technical experience in the fields of budgeting, financial modeling and analysis, reporting, statistical analysis, cash-flow forecasting and GAAP compliance. Prior to joining jetAVIVA, Brian served many years as Controller for Western Golf Properties, a golf course management company overseeing properties from coast-to-coast. Brian graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law and Game Theory.