Our Staff

Cassie Gerst – Outreach Coordinator

Burlington Community School District’s Club M

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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 will graduate in the Fall of 2015 with her Master’s degree from Iowa State University in 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 8 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.

 Sheyenne Phillips – AmeriCorps Club M Coordinator

Sheyenne joined the Club M staff in November of 2015 through a grant with Iowa Department of Public Health. A 2016 graduate from Iowa Wesleyan University, Sheyenne’s enthusiasm and positive energy enables her to build wonderful relationships with all of the Club M participants. Sheyenne’s role with Club M is to recruit volunteer mentors, support the mentoring matches, and be a role model herself at BHS. She is an asset to the BHS staff and Club M program.

Danyelle Mingus – AmeriCorps Club M Faciliator

Danyelle joined the Club M staff in February of 2017 as an additional to the Iowa Department of Public Health grant. Danyelle is new to Burlington and learning about our community as well as our students at BHS. Danyelle’s role in Club M revolves around the promotion and expansion of Club M through community volunteers who will be matched 1-1 with our BCSD elementary students in the 2017-2018 school year. She is married and the proud mother of two BCSD Grayhounds.