Our Staff

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 and then Burlington.

AmeriCorps Members serving at Burlington High School

Mallory Drebenstedt, Allison Ford, and Emerald Westfall

Club M and Burlington High School is pleased to announce the three AmeriCorps members who complete their service at Burlington High School supporting the Club M youth mentoring program. Mallory Drebenstedt, Allison Ford, and Emerald Westfall are supporting the elementary and high school students who belong to the Club M program.

Mallory Drebenstedt is serving a full time AmeriCorps position after her recent graduation from Iowa Wesleyan University with a Bachelors in Education Foundation. She can be reached at mallory.drebenstedt@bcsds.org or at Burlington High School at (319) 753-2211 ext 1144.

Allison Ford and Emerald Westfall are serving part-time as the AmeriCorps members with Club M. Both are supporting our high school volunteers and adding a supportive role to Club M.