Texas A & M
• B.S. Rehabilitation Services
• B. A. Elementary Education K-6
• A.S. General Studies
Cloud County Community College
Academic Services Coordinator
Emeryld Wills is the Academic Services Coordinator for the Upward Bound Program at Kansas State University Salina. She is a former Upward Bound Program participant and had been employed as a Residence Hall Mentor for the UB Summer Institute for four years. She is a graduate from Lincoln High School and went on to obtain an Associate of Science Degree from Cloud County Community College. Continuing her education, she transferred to Bethany College where she graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. In the near future she would like to enroll in a graduate program to obtain her Master's Degree. Ms. Wills believes in the potential of all students, and understands that motivation and consistent encouragement can help students achieve their educational goals. She hopes to provide students with positive, academic assistance and various resources to better their individual lives. She is enthusiastic in partnering with target high schools, the Kansas State University Salina community and assisting participants in their quest for success! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets, reading, watching TV/Movies, making crafts, and attending Zumba classes.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Dawn Smith is the new Senior Administrative Assistant for the Upward Bound program at Kansas State University Salina. Dawn has extensive experience in grant administration, database management and business administration support. In her spare time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and serving the Salina community as a volunteer to various organizations. Dawn participates in the YMCA Strong Kids fundraising campaign each year. Campaign funds received help with scholarships to Camp Wood, yearly memberships, and sliding scale for fees and dues when criteria is met. The children of our community greatly benefit from the campaign. Dawn is currently in her second 3-year term as a Salina Arts and Humanities Commissioner and recently appointed as out-going “Past President” of the Board. She has been volunteering with the Smoky Hill River Festival for several years and is currently on the Food Jury Committee that meets several times throughout the year to plan and prepare for the annual festival each June.
- M. A. Gifted Ed. Emporia State University
- B. A. English Ed. and Philosophy Bethany College
Academic English Tutor
As a former participant of the K-State Upward Bound Math/Science program, Darcy Leech is a welcome addition to the K-State Salina Upward Bound staff. Mrs. Leech is the English III and Advanced Placement Language and Composition teacher at Salina Central High School and provides beneficial literature and composition expertise as our UB English tutor. In her spare time, Darcy enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel, and their son, Eli.