The Job Foundation

Coming Together For The Good Of All


Cyd McHone, Executive Director

September 24, 2018 – Current: Cyd has more than two decades of experience in non-profit leadership. About Cyd's being chosen as Executive Director, Jennifer Brost, Founder and current Program Director says Cyd is “the perfect person to lead us into our next phase of growth. I’ve been calling on Cyd for advice and guidance as she served as a Job board member for more than eight years.”


Phone: 319-240-1033.


Kelsey Umthun, BA Director of Development

July 2016 – Current: Kelsey graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 2016 with a BA in Family Services and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and uses her many gifts to keep The Job Foundation growing.


Dorothy Roby

Dorothy Roby,BA, Volunteer & Events Coordinator 

April 2019 – Current: Dorothy earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2018. As a Volunteer & Events Coordinator, Dorothy will work closely with current volunteers and recruit new volunteers to help mentor participants and help with events.


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Jennifer Brost, MA, LMHC Founder

2006 – Current: Jennifer founded The Job Foundation in 2006 in memory of her stillborn son, Job. She purposely lived in a low-income, crime ridden apartment building for one year during her undergraduate studies where she learned much about the impacts of financial hardship on children. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Community Health Promotion and a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, both from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Iowa and is in private practice.

Accounts Manager Janice

Janice Burt, BA  Accounts Manager

2013 – Current: Janice holds several degrees and certifications: Business (BA) and Associate of Applied Science degree in General Business, both from Upper Iowa University; and an Accounting Specialist degree from American Institute of Commerce. Janice works behind the scenes to track the data that shows Job students achieving financial success as well keeping our accounts balanced.

Darvel Givens

Darvel Givens, Communications Specialist

July 2017 – Current:  Darvel is a native of Waterloo, IA and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management: Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. He brings his expertise in event planning, marketing and promotions, and consulting to the table to effectively manage The Job Foundation's mission through communication and event management!


Jessica Switzer, BA, Elementary  Education Coordinator

July 2017 – Current: Jessie works with students, teachers, and parents to ensure the academic progress of Job elementary students. She mentors and tutors a few students directly, tutors several other students during school hours, and coordinates other volunteers as they ensure that all students are successful at school and in life.


Rosemary Guild, BA, Secondary Education Coordinator

January 2019 – Current: Before moving to Iowa Rosemary spent the last several years working with at risk teens and young adults in Oregon and served as a youth services advocate to the Oregon Health Authority. She brings her experience, eagerness to learn and dedication to young people to her role with The Job Foundation.


Sashay Carroll, College Student  Communications Intern

September 2018 – Current: Sashay is attending school at the University of Northern Iowa. Sashay encourages students to become all they can be as she sets that example for them.

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Susan Backes, BA Staff Mentoring Tutor 

2014 – Current: Susan began her work with the organization in 2012, was promoted to Program Director late in 2014, and has recently transitioned to part-time employment with The Job Foundation.  Susan holds B.A.s in both Psychology and Human Services from Upper Iowa University.


Lorrin Schofield, College Student, Staff Mentoring Tutor

August 2017 – Current: Lorrin tutors several secondary students during school and also assists with our large group secondary events.


Robin Shatek, BA Staff Mentoring Tutor

May 2013 – Current: Robin graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 1999 with a BA in Family Services and minors in Russian and Women’s Study. She is a Staff Mentoring Tutor who is very important to our work at The Job Foundation. She has a passion for those who have extra challenges and works well with those students as a supportive mentor in many ways.


Marc Starks, BA  Staff Mentoring Tutor

October 2016 – Current: Marc Starcs is known for his special way of encouraging students and families. His "other job" is as a BHIS worker. In his mentoring and tutoring of Job students, Marc brings special wisdom, education, and experience.


De Carlos Anderson, BA   Staff Mentoring Tutor

April 2017 – Current: De Carlos Anderson is a native of Waterloo. He utilizes his education, experience and training to help Job students become their very best. De Carlos works as a Staff Mentoring Tutor, mentoring and tutoring students as they succeed at school and in life.


Riley Gardner, College Student Staff Mentoring Tutor

June 2016 – Current: Riley is working on his Education degree. He has been coaching children in wide variety of sports for six years. He is a Staff Mentoring Tutor working with students of all ages elementary, middle school, and high school. Riley’s passion is being a positive male role model for youth to give them a great mentor like he wishes he would have had.

Board of Directors

Back Row (Left to Right): Caleb Schmidt, Mike Brost, Craig Mahood, and John Harris.
Front Row (Left to Right): Maureen Hanson, Sara Miller, and Ruth Cole.

Board Bios:

Mike Brost, President - Member Since: September 2006

Mr. Brost holds a Master’s of Divinity and B.A. in Teaching. He is currently working for the Reformed Church of America as the Classis Shepard and also serves an area church as their Interim. Mr. Brost is the father of the deceased Job Brost, for whom The Job Foundation is named.

Caleb Schmidt, Treasurer - Member Since: February 2014

Caleb works as a financial advisor at Dynamic Financial Group. He holds degrees in finance and management.

Craig Mahood, Secretary - Member Since: January 2013

Mr. Mahood is a retired business manager.

John Harris - Member Since: February 2011

Mr. Harris holds degrees in accounting, psychology, and law. He practices law in the Cedar Valley. Before attending law school, Mr. Harris worked for seven years as a social worker to children in a group home and also with mentally ill adults.

Maureen Hanson - Member Since: May 2017

Maureen is a retired engineer from John Deere. She was a member of the Hudson Board of Education for 22 years and she is now a member (and Vice-President) of the Central Rivers Area Education Agency Board of Directors. She brings to the board her knowledge and expertise in strategic planning.

Sara Miller - Member Since: November 2018

Sara is a community volunteer and substitute teacher. She has degrees in Spanish, Social Studies, and Higher Education. She also has several years experience working in the recreation vehicle industry.

Ruth Cole - Member Since: August 2012

Ruth is the mother of a CCT student, and she also is a Registered Nurse at UnityPoint Clinic.


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