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 new Academic Services Coordinator for the Upward Bound Program at Kansas State University Salina. She is a former UB Program participant and has been working as a mentor for the Summer Component for the past four years. She graduated from Lincoln High School and obtained an Associates degree from Cloud County Community College, then transferred to Bethany College where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She is super excited to work with students and staff in her new position, as well as plan awesome events. In her spare time Emeryld enjoys spending time with her family, reading, singing, dancing, shopping, watching movies, and Pintresting!
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.