Cassie Gerst – Outreach Coordinator
Burlington Community School District’s Club M
Cassie Gerst is the Program Coordinator of the Club M Youth Mentoring program in Burlington Community School District, Cassie is a 1988 Graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, a 1991 graduate of SUNY (State University of New York) College at Fredonia, and has her Master’s degree from Iowa State University in Positive Youth Development.
Before returning to Iowa in 2009, Cassie worked and lived in the New York State area, Chicagoland area, and spent the last ten years in Northern California. She was a successful, award-winning, National Account Manager for a Biotechnology/ Pharmaceutical firm in Sacramento when she started volunteering to mentor a 12 year-old boy from the foster care system. His chaotic lifestyle and constant upheaval impacted Cassie a great deal more than selling drugs to health care systems. Therefore, she stepped down from her ten-year Pharmaceutical sales position and into the life of nonprofit youth mentoring. She became the Executive Director of a 501(c)3 mentoring agency called Wonder, Inc. in Sacramento and saw through its merger to a larger nonprofit before returning to Mt Pleasant.
In the 9 years since returning to Iowa, she has worked in the field of youth mentoring matching supportive role models and mentors into the lives of youth. Cassie has brought recognition to Southeastern Iowa’s youth mentoring program while serving as an ex-officio member on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service’s Commission and as the Chairperson of the Iowa Mentoring Partnerships’ Provider Board. She resides in Burlington and is married with two children.