Kaoru is a native of Chiba, Japan. She received a BA in Anthropology/Geography and an MA in Adult Education from USM. She is currently Assistant Director of International Programs at USM. Kaoru advises and assists ESOL, international and study abroad students. She is also an advisor to USM’s Asian American Association and Symposium student organization.

Kaoru is a member of Maine Aomori Sister State Advisory Council (MASSAC) and a member of the Japan American Society of Maine.