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Mothers, Mentors & Muses

The 9th Annual Mother's Mentors and Muses Celebration was held April 3, 2018, at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. The Keynote speaker was Stephanie Smith, former Senior Intelligence Service Executive in the CIA and current Kent State Faculty member.    

Mothers, Mentors & 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 350 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 2018

Dr. Ann Abraham, Associate Professor, Chemistry
Amy Aiello Thomas, Career Advisor-INR, CBA-Career Services Office (Library Director, Kent State Ashtabula Campus)
Lori Burchard, Director, Sponsored Programs, Research and Sponsored Programs
Laura Caparanis, Senior Advisor I, Fashion School
Janis Crowther, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Bahareh Gharehgozolo, Faculty, Modern & Classical Languages
Catherine Goodall, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Sarah Helmick, Assistant Director, Center for Adult & Veteran Services
Krystn Hood, Assistant Director, Information Support Services, Student Financial Aid Office
Dr. Christine Kauth, Professor, College of Nursing
Hilary Kennedy, Assistant Professor, University Libraries
Peggy Kline, Academic Records Coordinator, University Registrar's Office
Tricia Knoles, Police Officer II, Police Department
Shana M. Lee, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Special Projects & Initiatives
Ruth Leslie, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Bridget Mulvey, Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Studies
Rebecca Murphy, Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Affairs, University Communications and Marketing
Tiana Oden, Clerical Specialist, Theatre
Moneeka Pelley, IT User Support Associate, Kent State East Liverpool Campus
Christine Popadak, Receptionist, Kent State Trumbull Campus
Patricia Robinson, Program Director, Upward Bound
Elizabeth Ruffing, Assistant Director, Architecture & Engineering, Office of University Architect
Dr. Anna Schmidt, Associate Professor, Health Sciences
Faith Scheaffer-Polen, Outreach Program Director, Kent State Stark Campus
Ann Stavale, Administrative Assistant, University Health Services
Lisa Steigmann-Gall, Business System Analyst, Lead, Process Evaluation & Improvement
Angie Stevens, Outreach Program Director, Office of Continuing & Distance Education
Christine Strock, Receptionist, English
Dr. Zhiqiang Wang, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Kent State Geauga Campus
Dr. Ana Wetzl, Assistant Professor, English, Kent State Trumbull Campus
Kristin Williams, Executive Director, Career Services, Career Exploration & Development
Carla Wyckoff, Director, Communications and Special Projects , Finance & Administration
Kathryn Young, Director, Leadership Annual Giving, Annual Giving Programs


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