Our Staff

Lauren Baker – Club M Match Coordinator

Lauren Baker is the Match Coordinator of the Club M Youth Mentoring program in Burlington Community School District. Lauren is a 2012 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and has Bachelors in Child and Family Studies. She can be reached at Burlington High School (319)-753-2211 ext.1144 or by email at lbaker19@gapps.bcsds.org.

Lauren is very excited to be a part of the Burlington community! Lauren has worked as a college student advisor and most recently as a preschool teacher. She has a passion for working with students of all ages. With the help of Lauren and funding through the Iowa Mentoring Partnership and OJJDP, Club M will be expanding into our middle schools and high schools with community mentors!

Cassie Gerst – Outreach & Grant Coordinator

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. She can be reached at Burlington Community School District’s Administration Building (319) 753-6791 ext 1413 or her email is cassie.gerst@bcsds.org.

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.