Tracey has worked for the Foundation for eight years. When she isn’t busy planning the ZJF Classic, she is chasing around two toddlers—literally. And when (more like if) she finds herself with some free time, she enjoys playing tennis and indulging in the occasional Papa Juan’s margarita. Tracey’s parents instilled in her the importance of giving back from a very early age. Volunteering and helping others is incredibly important to her and is a value she and her husband are working hard to pass on to their two sons as well.
People lover, life traveler, sincere, friendly and ambitious are words that describe Jaimen. She is the Director of Program Development and the Site Manager for Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools. She has mastered the art of tracking down reluctant students, assists in designing Kids on Course programming, and enjoys being a mentor to her students. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Leisure, Youth and Human Services with an emphasis in Nonprofit Youth Services. She later went on to get her Masters from Regis University in Nonprofit Management. Outside of work, Jaimen keeps busy with her two dogs, community activities, and spending time with her friends and family.
Tyler considers himself a "Play Specialist", ensuring that students are enjoying each day and having fun learning. He hails from the small town of Maquoketa, Iowa and moved to Cedar Rapids after getting his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Iowa. He loves telling awful puns and performing magic math tricks for anyone who will listen. Tyler is a firm believer that laughter and having fun are the keys to life-long learning. When he is not playing at recess...err, hard at work, Tyler can be found at the Northwest Recreational Center in Cedar Rapids or participating in some sports league.
Greg graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Spanish, Writing, and Rhetoric. Greg manages the AmeriCorps grant and oversees the AmeriCorps Members for Kids on Course. Outside of work, Greg enjoys spending time with his family. He loves reading books to his son, Oliver. He also participates in recreational sports and has a passion for running. He has completed three half-marathons and one full marathon. He also spends way too much time watching and reading science fiction, especially Star Wars (which is really science fantasy).
Sarah joined Kids on Course after volunteering as a Page Pal with a Grant Elementary kindergarten student named Londyn. Sarah credits Londyn’s energetic spirit for her instant attraction to the program’s mission. As a Van Buren, Wilson and Jefferson alum, she has a deep connection to the schools, communities and families served in the program. Sarah earned her BBA from Mount Mercy University and lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys watching students express their curiosity and giving high fives. Her favorite season in Iowa is summer and she loves to read, write, volunteer, do cartwheels and make people smile.
Jerry is in his third year with Kids on Course at Van Buren Elementary where he enjoys (sometimes) beating fifth graders in soccer and being amazed at how many of those kids still have Pokémon cards. He is a strong proponent of cultivating passion in kids by giving them access to as many activities and opportunities as possible. Outside of school Jerry spends his time reading, trying to keep up with all of Netflix, being great at trivia, and discussing that weekend’s EPL action with anyone who will sit still long enough. He lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife, son, and lunatic dog.
Jasmin knows first hand the challenge of learning math, social studies, science and reading in a language that is new to her. Jasmin's family speaks Spanish and she is fully bilingual. Jasmin is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor's Degree from Mount Mercy University. When she is not supporting and helping families, she spends way too much time in coffee shops drawing her latest sketches or playing charades with her big family (she has six siblings!)
Melanie comes to the Foundation all the way from Atlanta, GA where she and her husband have lived for the last 7.5 years. As Operations Manager of the ZJF, she ensures everything on the back end is running smoothly so everyone on the front end can focus on supporting students and their families. When not at work, Melanie enjoys playing tennis, traveling with her husband and binge watching the latest Netflix/Prime/Hulu tv series (hello The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).
Cassie is a Cedar Rapids native having graduated from Jefferson High School and Coe College with a degree in Sociology. She serves as the Kids on Course Program Director where she spends her time meeting students and staff in classrooms, walking the halls of schools she once attended, and connecting with children on playgrounds. Before Kids on Course Cassie worked in the field of social work helping families learn strategies to be safer and stronger together. Outside of Kids on Course Cassie “enjoys” watching slime videos, listening to Baby Shark repeatedly and talking about video games with her four children.
After a five year hiatus from the Corridor, Shelby is excited to be back and working for a program that lifts up those in her hometown. She believes in Kids on Course's ability to give students access to new opportunities and push them to their highest potentials. Shelby graduated from Saint Louis University where she studied Public Health and Spanish. Then she headed to the Pacific Northwest for a year of service. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors, enjoy good coffee, travel and hang out with family and friends.
Amber developed a lifelong love of learning while growing up in Cedar Rapids and attending Garfield Elementary, Wilson Middle and Jefferson High Schools. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in sociology and has worked in education, family support, child safety and behavioral health services. Amber loves to travel and her favorite places so far are Kauai and Dubai. She lives with her partner and their two cats in their west side home. Amber enjoys spending time with friends and volunteering at the Iowa Farm Sanctuary.
Madison is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa and is currently the Site Manager at Hoover Elementary. She has always been a person who champions for kids to find their limitless potential. In her spare time she enjoys dressing her dog Juniper in ridiculous sweatshirts and raincoats, executing delicious Pinterest recipes, and cozying up with a good book next to her portable heater - if she closes her eyes it's almost like a fireplace. Ask her to tell you one of her MANY cow jokes! Last but definitely not least, GO HAWKS!
Jenny comes to the Foundation after several years as a grant-maker at Collins Aerospace and the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. As the Executive Director, she works with the staff, ZJF Board and donors that fuel the work of Kids on Course. Her love of learning was instilled by her parents and grandparents – one of her favorite childhood memories is spending time with her Grandma in a small town library in rural Minnesota. Go Vikings! Jenny loves traveling with her husband to visit their grown daughters in Washington, DC and southern Chile.
Chasity was born and raised in Birmingham, AL where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As the Post-Secondary Learning Advisor, she helps high school students plan for success after graduation. As a first-generation college student herself, she understands the unique challenges that our students face, and she is determined to ensure they have the resources to overcome them. Outside of work, Chasity enjoys filling every sunlit spot in her home with plants. And when not taking care of her plants, she spends her time with her husband and their two boys.