• STEM Education Advisor / President of the Board
  • musician board of directors
  • handbells soprano
Kathy Mainz
Kathy Mainz. Photo courtesy Monmouth College.

Kathy Mainz is a science educator and musician, recently retired from Monmouth College in Illinois and currently a tutor for the Pattee Learning Center in the Jamieson Community Center in Monmouth, Illinois. For decades, she director of the Monmouth College for Kids Program and managed the campus biology laboratories. She previously consulted for the State of Iowa Department of Education.

Always interested in youth leadership development, Kathy has been a longtime volunteer at the district and council levels of the Boy Scouts of America, serving in various commissioner and committee leadership roles. She has also taken turns as a local unit volunteer, directly supporting youth participants, and directed Illowa Council's Merit Badge University event for more than half a decade. In 2015, Kathy was awarded the prestegious Silver Beaver Award, which is a council-level distinguished service honor from the BSA recognizing oustanding volunteer service to the community and Scouting program. She has also been awarded the the Scouter’s Key, the Scoutmaster Award of Merit, the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award, and the District Award of Merit.

A life-long musician, Kathy sings with the music program Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Monmouth. She previously performed with the handbell program at the First Lutheran Church, also in Monmouth. Kathy completed her bachelor's degree at Mississippi State University, later earning a master's degree at Western Illinois University.

Kathy is president of the board for Sound Curiosty, which relies on her expertise in STEM education and cultivating strong volunteer support for non-profit organizations.

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