Organization and staff


Mapping Your Future is 501(c)3 organization and has a national Board of Directors and Advisory Committee. Both the Board and Advisory Committee oversee the operations of Mapping Your Future.

The Board of Directors provides strategic direction for the organization, approves major policies and projects, and reviews and approves financials.

Board members:

  • Gene Hutchins (retired)
    New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority and
    Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
  • Tracy Ireland
    Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
  • Will Shaffner
    Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA)
  • Cathy Mueller, Ex-officio Board member
    Mapping Your Future

The Advisory Committee assists the board and the executive director with Mapping Your Future's strategic planning and oversees various functional and project committees.


Mapping Your Future staff receives assistance and support volunteers from sponsoring organizations and from the higher education community.

Cathy Mueller

Executive Director
Cathy Mueller, a Missouri native, earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Delaware. Before working with others to create Mapping Your Future, Cathy was a newspaper reporter and editor, a radio reporter and DJ, a television promotions writer and a public relations writer and director. When she moved to Texas in 1994, Cathy joined Texas Guaranteed as a writer. She helped launch the company's web site and then work with a team to spearhead the launch of Mapping Your Future, which started as a cooperative venture among the country's leading financial aid and student loan agencies. Cathy is an APR certified member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Beth Ziehmer

Customer Care Manager
Beth Ziehmer, a Missouri native, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, minoring in Spanish, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Beth started in the student loan industry in 1991, working for the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE). While at the MDHE, Beth gained a variety of experience ranging from regulatory compliance, loan guarantee, to default collections. She has worked for Mapping Your Future since 2004 in a customer care role.


Volunteers from sponsoring agencies and other industry organizations provide input in several areas, such as webinars, content, default prevention, early awareness, and publications. Since the volunteers represent various organizations across the country, Mapping Your Future's features and services are non-proprietary, providing a neutral source of information for parents and students.