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About the Team

"We have a responsibility to offer help if we can. Bridge Builders is how I can help." 


— Severin Pelekara 

     Board Member 

Josh Krakos

Founder and President 

Josh was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He is an Affton High School Alum and currently studying at Webster University. One of his proudest accomplishments is becoming a United States Marine. Where he was taught about honor, courage, and commitment and is part of the inspiration for the creation of Bridge Builders STL. 

Jackie Richert


Jackie is a controller at K. Hall Studio based in St. Louis. She is also very involved with volunteer organizations within the Affton School District and her church her community, including Co-Chair for the Affton Music Boosters, Parents Boosters for Project Graduation, and Youth Mission Trips.

Brad Jones


Brad grew up in St. Louis, MO, where he attended Affton High School. He continued his education at Southeast Missouri State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Upon graduation, Brad started his career with KPMG in the audit practice. He has always had a passion for serving his community, which is what lead him to be a part of Bridge Builders STL.

Rev. Sharon Kichline

Chairperson of the Board

Sharon is currently the Pastor of Webster United Methodist in St. Louis. With her experience in mission work and administration she is a perfect fit the role as Chairperson of the Board of Directors. 

Josephine Phillips

Director of Development  

Josephine grew up in St. Peters, MO and attended Fort Zumwalt South High School. During her time at Fort Zumwalt, Josephine started her own adaptive music therapy program for the not-for-profit “KEEN.” KEEN stands for Kids Enjoying Exercise Now. Josephine’s program focused on children with physical and developmental disabilities. She also led a group of students to design their own 5k last year for KEEN. 

Alex Hercules

Community Outreach Specialist 

Alex Hercules is a current senior at Affton High School. He is also a business associate of the St. Louis CAPS (Centers for Advanced Professional Studies) program. Alex was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and has also been an exchange team member for our St. Louis-Dupree exchange program.  

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