Our Staff

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.

 

Sheyenne Phillips – Club M Match Coordinator

Sheyenne Phillips is the Match Coordinator of the Club M Youth Mentoring program in Burlington Community School District. Sheyenne is a 2012 Graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, a 2016 graduate of Iowa Wesleyan University and has Bachelors in Human Services and Communications. She can be reached at Burlington Community School District’s Administration Building (319) 753-6791 ext 1410 or her email is Sheyenne.Phillips@bcsds.org. 

Sheyenne is excitedly returning to the Burlington Community School District and Club M, as she previously served as an AmeriCorp for the district in 2016 & 2017. Having  grown up in the Southeast Iowa Community, Sheyenne has a strong passion for helping the youth we service. With the help of Sheyenne and funding through the Iowa Mentoring Partnerhsip and OJJDP, Club M will be expanding into our middle schools and high schools with community mentors!

 

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

Mallory Drebenstedt is serving a full time AmeriCorps position after her recent graduation from Iowa Wesleyan University with a Bachelors in Education Foundation. Mallory is from Mediapolis, raises Boer goats with her family, and has a passion for working and being around children. She can be reached at mallory.drebenstedt@bcsds.org or at Burlington High School at (319) 753-2211 ext 1144.

Allison Ford

Allison Ford and Emerald Westfall are serving part-time as the AmeriCorps members with Club M. Emerald is from Fort Madison, has a little girl named Brylie, and enjoys being around children and helping them. Allison is from Burlington and has a little girl named Azeala, and enjoys advocating for her beliefs and helping children. Both are supporting our high school volunteers and adding a supportive role to Club M.

Emerald Westfall