Meet the M-DAT Team

David Armstrong

DAVIDA.jpgDavid Armstrong co-founded M-DAT in 2000 and is now the Executive Director. Previously he served as short-term mission coordinator at OC International. David, his wife Mary, and their family also spent 15 years in Colombia and Guatemala as field missionaries with OC International. The Armstrongs have three grown children and seven grandchildren. David serves on the Board of the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission.


Janel Breitenstein

JANEL.jpgJanel Breitenstein is the editor of our newly launched blog on long-term missions, She joins us after 5.5 years in Uganda, East Africa, with Engineering Ministries International.

She and her husband still serve at EMI’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. The Breitensteins have four children.


Chelsea Charles

CHELSEA.jpgChelsea Charles writes content and edits for the Short Term Missions and Ask A Missionary newsletters. She was born and raised in Colorado. She attended International School of Ministry where she received her Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Her passion has been missions since her youth. She has served both short term and long term in several locations around the world, including South Africa, the Philippines, and China. She now lives in St. Louis with her husband and works full-time as a preschool teacher.


Dani Cypert

DANI.jpgDani Cypert serves as M-DAT’s Customer Care Provider and works part-time from her home in Northwest Arkansas. She loves both helping ministries learn to promote their trips well and helping people find the mission trip that’s right for them. The Cypert family love being active in ministry and have been on many mission trips. Dani and her husband, a pastor, have a daughter in college in Kansas City, MO, pursuing Intercultural Studies, and a son and daughter-in-law in Fayetteville, AR. Dani enjoys teaching and discipling young women and befriending International college students.


Rebecca Skinner

REBECCA.jpgRebecca Skinner provides the marketing and advertising arm for M-DAT. She is always looking for new ways to get the word out and fund our various websites and newsletters all geared towards helping people take the next step in missions. Rebecca grew up in central and South America and holds a degree in Children and Family Studies from John Brown University. Her previous work experience includes time at the Association of Christian Schools International, Kids Hope United and Simplified Living Solutions. She and her family live in St. Louis where she helps coordinate Perspectives classes in the South County area.


Andrea Ruddock

andrea.jpgAndrea grew up in Raleigh, NC and graduated with a B.S in Environmental Sciences in 2014 from NC State University. She spent a year traveling with World Race, followed by 2 years in Central India, and recently serving in the Dominican Republic. Currently, a Graduate Student at Indiana University at Pennsylvania working towards a MBA in hopes of one day combining her passion for missions with a newly developing passion for business administration. Andrea is our social media advocate promoting our mission, resources and information throughout the internet.


David Zilkie

David Zilkie is the bookkeeper for M-DAT. He has a heart for missions and has been to Mexico multiple times on mission trips with his church.

He also enjoys being an active part of his church and youth group.