Marty Lester is the Executive Director for Mentor Iowa.  Mr. Lester received his Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University in Leisure Studies.  His previous experience in working with at-risk populations includes several positions within Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  The last position he held was Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Central-Southwest Iowa.

Mr. Lester is a graduate of the 2005-2006 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program class.  In 2008, he was selected by the Des Moines Business Record as a member of the Forty under 40 class.

He also is a certified official through the Iowa High School Athletic Association and is licensed to officiate baseball, football and wrestling.

Mr. Lester lives in Altoona and is the proud father of two children, Dawson (20) and Kinsey (18).  He is originally from Slater, Iowa.


Marissa Tate is the Volunteer Coordinator for Mentor Iowa.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Social Work.  She has several years of experience working with at-risk populations, youth and their families.  Prior to Mentor Iowa, Marissa worked at Children and Families of Iowa.  She started as the Child Advocate at the Domestic Violence Shelter then worked as an In-Home Counselor where she provided family, safety, risk and permanency services for families involved in Child Protective Services.  The last position she held for several years was a Juvenile Court Tracker where she worked to provide support and supervision for youth involved in Juvenile Court Services.

Mrs. Tate also provides respite care services for families in the Des Moines area.

Marissa and her husband, Brandon, live in Des Moines and have one daughter, Azariah.  She is originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa.