Tracey has worked for the Foundation for six years and serves as the Executive Director. When she isn’t busy planning the ZJF Classic and finding long-term funding for the Kids on Course programs, 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.
Beth serves the Kids on Course team as Program Leader, board member of the Zach Johnson Foundation and mom to all. She ensures team members have what they need to make sure students are on the path to college graduation and that staff members take care of themselves in the process. She's not a doctor, but she likes to play one on TV when reading health stories as a news anchor at KCRG-TV9. Mostly she knows how education can lift a child out of difficult circumstances as she grew up with a single mom who had Beth when she was 15. She and her husband, Brett, are raising three kids whose names all start with "B," and are otherwise not at all similar.
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.
Born and raised in America’s Dairyland, this is David’s seventh school year with Kids on Course. Currently based at Roosevelt Middle School, he enjoys losing to 6th graders in chess every week, explaining what vegans eat for each meal of the day, and diving into the latest and greatest Young Adult graphic novels with his students. In his free time, David enjoys playing racquetball, riding his bike through Cedar Rapids, and humbling himself by going to Harry Potter themed trivia nights.
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 is training for his first full marathon. He also spends way too much time watching and reading science fiction, especially Star Wars (which is really science fantasy).
Josh helps ensure that students feel important by building and reinforcing relationships through mentoring and tutoring. Sometimes he feels as though the Road Runner is his spirit animal because he’s always running around and around chasing kids! Prior to going back to middle school, he recently graduated from the best Iowa university, Iowa State. Go Cyclones! Weather permitted, he is outside hanging with friends playing sports and PokémonGo. Poor weather? No worries. He is working out or geeking it up playing video games or watching movies and anime.
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 second 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!)
Heidi has been investing her energy in charitable causes since she was is high school. At the age of 17 she became a mentor through Big Brothers/Big Sisters and discovered the impact a single volunteer can have. Even her previous professional career answered the call to serve others in the Departments of Justice and Veterans Affairs. Now Heidi gets to raise money and plan events that benefit the same schools she attended growing up through the Zach Johnson Foundation. Heidi and her husband have always lived in Cedar Rapids and cherish raising their children in this community.
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. Masel).