J. Kruse Education Center, Inc Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011.

Our Mission

To assist individuals as they discover their God-given talents and passions and guide them toward a specific career path.

Our Vision

Create an unparalleled immersive career exploration experience with an emphasis on students K-12 and returning veterans. 

Our Team

Matthew Toth

Executive Director

Matthew, Executive Director of the J. Kruse Education Center, has been a cutting-edge figure in education for many years, being one of the first principals in the country to match curriculums with focuses on specific careers.

For years, Matthew has helped facilitate career changes at all age levels. He also coaches entire school faculties on innovative ways to educate while building healthy teams along the way.

He has taught at Fort Wayne Community Schools, and after obtaining his masters in educational administration he transitioned to DeKalb Central Schools as an administrator at the high school level before eventually serving as principal.

Matthew is looking to impact the future in a big way by helping individuals discover and mesh their God-given talents with their passion in a specific career field.

Matthew Toth

Executive Director

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Brandy DePriest

Grant Writer

Brandy DePriest joined the J. Kruse Education Center in July of 2020 as a grant writer. After 15 years as a college professor, she decided it was time to switch gears and join a team of people with the common goal of strengthening the community. Brandy’s cultural studies background and Ph.D. in global leadership taught her the value of empowering youth to create a better future. She is passionate about social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and is very active in her community. Her professional interests are extensions of her personal life, as she loves to both get out in the community and get into the woods with her three daughters, who share her passion for people and the planet.

Brandy DePriest

Grant Writer

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Austin Macy

Career Coach

Austin has had a passion for developing others throughout his entire life and has a deep desire to find unique ways he can help improve the education system.

Austin has spent years coaching individuals and students in a wide variety of settings and was an immediate fit for J. Kruse Education Center and fell in love with our mission immediately. Now, he has made it his mission to help younger students discover their unique talents and passions so they can confidently step into careers later on in life.

Austin has a Master’s in School Psychology and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on Workforce Development in an effort to better prepare the next generation.

Austin Macy

Career Coach

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Susie McKown

Executive Assistant

Susie McKown

Executive Assistant

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Board of Directors

John M. Kruse

Chair, Founding Member

Sarah K. Noack

Legal Counsel, Fagre Baker Daniels
Founding Member

Roderick C. Egan

Founding Member

Edward Souers

CPA Treasurer

Senator Dennis K. Kruse

Advisory Board

Marlin Stutzman

Former United States Congressman

Robert “Bob” Krafft

Executive Director, YMCA Auburn
Our Partners