Mothers, Mentors and Muses

Please Save The Date for our 11th Annual Mother's Mentors and Muses Celebration! It will be held on April 7, 2020 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. We will began taking nominations for the Class of 2020 Mothers, Mentors and Muses late Fall! 


The 10th Annual Mother's Mentors and Muses Celebration was held on April 2, 2019, at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. The Keynote speaker was The Honorable Alison Breaux '98, Summit County Common Pleas Judge.  

Mothers, Mentors and Muses is the Women’s Center's signature event that recognizes Kent State University female-identifying faculty or staff who have made a significant difference in the life of a student or colleague. More than 400 women across the university have received this honor. 

This award is intended to honor female-identifying faculty or staff of Kent State (with five or more years of service) who have served in any of three roles:

  • Mother – one who has helped “birth” ideas, thoughts and academic endeavors in others, or who serves as a nurturing individual to others.
  • Mentor – one who serves as a trusted counselor, colleague and/or role model.
  • Muse – one who inspires creativity and artistic/academic passion in others.

Mothers, Mentors and Muses Class of 2019

Teresa Bates, Clerical Specialist, Dean Ashtabula Campus
Candace Bowen, Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications
Ava Chaney, Clerical Specialist, Dean Ashtabula Campus
Kelly Conley, Administrative Assistant, Physics
Veronica Cook-Euell, Supplier Diversity Program, Procurement
Suzy D'Enbeau, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Amanda Dolan, Director II, Enrollment Management and Student Services
Dawn Ensminger-Stokes, Lecturer, Nursing Technology
Moema Furtado, Senior International Partner, Office of Global Partnerships and Marketing
Cara Gilgenbach, Associate Professor, University Libraries
Ellen Glickman, Director, Health Sciences
Marilyn Gonzalez de Reid, Personal Assistant, Provosts Office
Rosemary Gornik, Assistant Professor, Foundation Leadership and Administration
Danielle Hupp, Senior Associate Director, Special Giving Initiatives
Anne Jefferson, Associate Professor, Geology
Uma Krishnan, Professor, English
Nicole Losi, Director of Social Media, University Communications and Marketing
Shelley Marshall, Lecturer, Computer Technology
Francoise Massardier-Kenney, Professor, Modern and Classical Languages
Jody Patterson, Associate Director, Career Exploration and Development
Gretchen Rinnert, Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design
Debra Schneider, Administrative Assistant, Dean Stark Campus
Peggy Stephens, Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Hillary Stone, Associate Professor, The Fashion School
Lashonda Taylor, Executive Director, University Events and Protocol
Lisa Testa, Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
Ólöf Thórdardóttir, Honors Coordinator II, Honors College
Valoree Vargo, Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Advancement Operations
Ashley Williams, Assistant Director, Student Multicultural Center
Kendra Wilson, Assistant to an Executive Officer, Student Affairs


If you have any questions or need more information please contact the Women's Center at (330) 672-9230 or