Daphne Mayes

Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

EMAIL: dmayes1@emporia.edu

Greetings! I am Daphne Mayes, the Outreach & Engagement Coordinator at PAROC.

I love this job because it brings together many of my interests, experiences, and passions- including environmental conservation, biology, ecology, education, outreach, and community engagement for all! I am excited to be part of the pioneering phase of PAROC, growing our outreach programming and meeting many incredibly inspiring people along the way. In addition to my role at PAROC, I recently became co-editor of the Kansas School Naturalist. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and teaching my boys about nature.

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Alexandra Gentry

Hello! I am currently a senior at Emporia State getting my BSE in Biology and Earth Science Education.

Working at PAROC has given me so many opportunities to teach, plan, and follow my passion for learning biology and secondary education. I'm so excited to help PAROC grow and to help people learn about science.

Between every novel I can get my hands on and studying for exams, most of my time is filled. Except for laughing at my brilliant, goofy dog.


Jolie Huenink Gann

Hi! My names Jolie Huenink.

I am an undergrad in Biology with a concentration in molecular and cellular biology.

My favorite part of working here is teaching the community about science. My favorite animal here at PAROC is Ruby, our red ear slider! In my free time I like to hammock and read!


Madeline Belcher

Hi! My name is Madeline Belcher and I am a senior biology and health secondary education major here at Emporia State. 

PAROC has provided me with amazing opportunities to work with the community and share my passion for science and education. I started out volunteering here and attending Science Saturdays, and now I am a student worker here!  My primary project is working on an inclusivity initiative here at PAROC, where we are working toward implementing accessible resources for all individuals to experience the wonder science has to offer. I am so lucky to work at a place where I can explore my passions and help others! 
Fun fact about me: I am a cat mom and I love The Office! 

Grace Higgins

Hello! I am a freshman studying Biology Education at Emporia State.


I love working at PAROC because I get to share my love for science with the community in fun and creative ways.

I enjoy growing my teaching and planning skills through our activities at PAROC too. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, hiking with my dogs, and playing the flute.