Sarah J. Malcolm
Director of International Partnerships, Marketing & Communications
Sarah J. Malcolm is the Director of International Partnerships, Marketing & Communication for the Office of Global Education at Kent State University. She oversees international partnership development, international agreements and contracts, and coordinates marketing and communication activities focused on international student recruitment and retention and promotion of study abroad. Before joining the Office of Global Education in 2011 she served as a Strategic Analyst for the Office of the Provost and as an Academic Advising Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to working at Kent State University she was an educator in Costa Rica.
Malcolm is active in several professional organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the NASPA International Education Knowledge Community. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Spanish Literature degrees from Kent State University.
- NASPA: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
- NAFSA: The Association of International Educators
- NCMA: National Contract Management Association
- 2012 Mothers, Mentors, and Muses Award
- Member, Board of Trustees, Coleman Professional Services
- Leadership Portage County Class of 2013
- Member, Board of Trustees, United Way of Portage County July 2010-December 2013
- Graduate, Citizens Police Academy 2012
- Member, Kent Community Timebank
Senior International Partnerships Coordinator
Moema came to the U.S. from Brazil to study at Cornell University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Design and Environmental Analysis. After working in Los Angeles and Denver as a graphic artist, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting. Prior to joining Kent State University Moema was the Director of Education and Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center in Amherst.
Moema has extensive experience working with college students. For 14 years she taught art at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, directed the Jewish Student Center-Hillel for 6 years, and coordinated the Student Leaders Study of the United States Institute -SUSI program that brought students from Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela to the UT campus for intensive leadership training for three years. She also conceived and directed the highly successful Knoxville Jewish Film Festival. Moema also taught art at Kent State prior to joining the Office of Global Education.
As an artist Moema has exhibit nationally and internationally and was the recipient of the Wisconsin Arts Board Percent for the Art Program Award for two years. Her artworks are in private and public collections including the Tennessee Governor's Executive Mansion in Nashville, the Waupan Correctional Institution in Waupan, Wisconsin, and the Wausau Hospital Center in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Leslie S. Bowser
Senior Global Programs Advisor
Leslie Bowser joined the Office of Global Education at Kent State University in August 2016. As the Senior Global Programs Advisor for the International Partnerships Division, her primary responsibility is coordination of Kent State’s dual-degree program with partner university PUC-PR in Curitiba, Brazil, The American Academy. Ms. Bowser brings a wealth of international affairs experience to the position, including 10 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, where she served in Rio de Janeiro, Ljubljana, Montreal, and Washington, D.C. In addition, she helped with establishment of a new ESL program at Baldwin Wallace University, she spent several years managing international relocations for private sector corporations, and she has worked in the non-profit sector as well, coordinating U.S. government grant programs for international visitors to the United States.
Ms. Bowser holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina, a Masters in Public Administration from Kent State, and completed a full year study abroad program at the University of Seville, Spain as part of her undergraduate degree program. Having lived in or visited more than 30 foreign countries, Ms. Bowser has a great passion for travel and global education.
Marketing and Communication Specialist
International Partnerships Coordinator
Valerie Reed joined the Office of Global Education in October 2018 after working for 7 years with faculty and students in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies. Valerie’s role as International Partnerships Coordinator involves working with international articulation agreements with university partners and managing relationships with recruitment agents overseas. Valerie's previous experience was as an investigator for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and a paralegal.
Valerie holds a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Personnel from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was an exchange student in Argentina and loves working with others who share her enthusiasm for study abroad.