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Lashonda M. Taylor

Director

Lashonda joined Kent State University in July 2009 and presently serves as the director of University Ceremonies, Events and Special Programs. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the university’s largest academic events including, Commencement and Convocation.  Lashonda also works in conjunction with the Provost on a variety of faculty initiatives. She is an active member of many university committees and serves as a liaison to various university offices and divisions for planning and execution of events, seminars, retreats and trainings.

Lashonda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on communication studies from Kent State University in 2013.  She is presently pursuing a Master's degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on public and higher education administration.

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Lisa R. Galanis

Assistant Director

Lisa serves, as assistant director for University Ceremonies, Events and Special Programs. She is the event lead for the planning of academic and other major University special events and social functions.  Lisa serves as the communications officer for the Office of University Ceremonies and is a member of various division and university committees.  Additionally, she is an active member of the North American Association of Commencement Officers and serves on the association’s communications committee.  Lisa joined Kent State University in July of 2012. 

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Toledo in 2006.  Most recently, she graduated from the Community Leadership Institute, hosted by Leadership Akron. 

 

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Keli D. Greene 

Special Events Coordinator

Keli Greene serves as special events coordinator for University Ceremonies, Events and Special Programs.  She joined Kent State University in 2007 as administrative assistant for the vice provost of Diversity and Academic Initiatives.  Since her start at Kent State, she has served in various administrative capacities.  She most recently served as assistant to the Provost.  In this new role, Keli is responsible for the coordination and planning support of University special events and social functions.  

Keli serves on various University committees and supports university offices and divisions with event planning.  Keli is an active member of the Kent Area Chapter of the Links, Inc. where she plans and coordinates numerous events.  Keli earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University in 1993.

 

 

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Mary Rudolph

Special Assistant

Mary joined Kent State University in 2012 and currently serves as special assistant for the office of University Ceremonies.  In this role, Mary provides administrative support to assist with the planning and execution of major ceremonies, events and special programs.  Additionally, Mary serves as the budget officer, where she manages and monitors budgets for special events and is responsible for all department purchases. Prior to joining the office of University Ceremonies, Mary served as a Marketing Associate for WKSU.
 
Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Kent State University in 2012.  She serves on various University committees and is an active volunteer in Portage County.