Lashonda M. TaylorLashonda M. Taylor

Assistant Vice President, University Events and Special Projects 

Lashonda joined Kent State University in July 2009 and presently serves as the assistant vice president for university events and special projects. In this role, she serves as the senior officer responsible for University events and protocol. Lashonda leads a team of event professionals and implements long-term programming, operational strategies and planning of presidential and university-level events, projects and initiatives. She is an active member of many university committees and serves as a liaison to university offices and divisions for the planning and execution of events.

Lashonda holds a Master of Science degree in hospitality and tourism management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University. She is currently pursing a Doctor of Education degree in interprofessional leadership at Kent State University. Lashonda also holds the designation of certified Collegiate, Conference and Events Professional (CCEP) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She is a graduate of Kent State University's Institute for Excellence leadership training program and is a certified Intercultural Etiquette and Protocol Trainer through the Protocol School of Washington®


Lisa R. O'ConnellLisa R. O'Connell

University Events & Protocol Director

Lisa joined Kent State University in July of 2012 and currently serves as director for the office of University Events & Protocol. In her role, she leads the planning of major university events and special programs. Lisa represents the University Events and Protocol office as a member of many university committees. She earned a Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Toledo and is presently pursuing a Master of Science degree in hospitality and tourism management. Lisa is a member of the Akron Children's Hospital Emerging Leaders Board, and a graduate of the Leadership Akron Community Leadership Institute and Kent State University's Institute for Excellence leadership training program. 

 


Sarah E. McCarty
Sarah

Special Events Manager

Sarah joined Kent State University in May of 2022 and currently serves as a special events manager. In her role, she assists with the management and coordination of special events organized by the Office of University Events and Protocol. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Master of Education in higher education administration and student affairs from Kent State University.

 


Faye L. Nicholson
Faye

Special Events Manager

Faye joined Kent State University in May 2022 and currently serves as special events manager. In her role, she assists with the management and coordination of special events organized by the Office of University Events and Protocol. Faye earned a Master of Arts degree in communication and a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and business and organizational communication from The University of Akron. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has served as a public relations practitioner for over 20 years. 


Mariah N. Taylor
Mariah

Special Assistant 

Mariah joined Kent State University in March 2019 and currently serves as Special Assistant for the Office of University Events & Protocol. Previously she was a clerk in the Accounts Payable office processing invoices for the flashcard, bursar, and university offices throughout the main, regional, and foreign campuses. Most recently she was an Administrative Assistant in the Dean's office of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Mariah has a background in finance and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Accounting.