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2023 Articulation and Transfer Conference Presenters, Panelists, and Moderators

Speaker and moderator list

Amy Borgert

Director of Career Pathways Advising
Edison State Community College

Chad Bridgman

Director of Work Based Learning
Sinclair College

Chad Bridgman is a passionate, effective relationship developer with an ability to communicate visionary ideas to help inspire action through creative and energetic leadership. With over 15 years of combined higher education and business experience, he helped launch Sinclair’s new Office of Work-based Learning during the summer of 2019 and currently serves as Director. Chad is motivated to help individuals link their talents and abilities to companies’ needs and wants through work-based learning experiences. He holds a Master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Management from the University of Dayton.


Peggy Chalker, Ph.D.

Dean, Articulation & Transfer |  Director, Student Success
Southern State Community College

Dr. Peggy Chalker has served higher education as an administrator for over 40 years in Ohio, Washington DC, and Virginia. Her experience has included all types of institutions: private, public, research based, community, regional, single gender, large and small. She has served both academic affairs and student affairs and has managed departments as a dean, director, and department chair.

Most recently she holds the position of Dean, Articulation & Transfer/Director, Student Success at Southern State Community College. She holds two degrees from University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. from American University in Washington, DC.

Kimberly Collins

Director of University Partnerships
Sinclair College

Paula Compton, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Articulation and Transfer, Ohio Department of Higher Education

Executive Director of the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

Dr. Paula Compton joined the Ohio Board of Regents in May 2005 as the Director of Articulation and Transfer. In 2009 she became the Associate Vice Chancellor for Articulation and Transfer. In this current position, Dr. Compton provides leadership and direction for all aspects of Ohio’s Articulation and Transfer initiatives, including statewide councils and committees, the Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse, policy development and implementation, as well as communication and marketing. She is also the Executive Director of the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network started in 2010.

Prior professional positions include serving as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services at The University of Toledo, Enrollment Strategist at The Ohio State University, Senior Director of Admissions and Student Financial Aid at The University of Toledo, and the Associate Director of Admissions at The Ohio State University where she was instrumental in implementing competitive admissions. She also has a background in guidance counseling, academic advising, student services, and college teaching and worked at Miami University, Wright State University, Mount Saint Mary College, University of Connecticut, and Xenia High School.

Dr. Compton earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling and Student Personnel Work from The Ohio State University. She was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Speech Secondary Education from Miami University.

Dr. Compton has been active and has held leadership positions with the Ohio Association of College Admission Counseling, the National Association of College Admission Counseling, and the Think College Now: Northwest Ohio College Access Program, and the Ohio ACT Assembly. She also helped to establish the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit. She has received several awards for her professional service.

Maureen Cooper

College Credit Plus Manager
Franklin University

Maureen Cooper is currently the College Credit Plus Manager at Franklin University. Before joining the College Credit Plus Department in 2017, she worked for two years as the Community College Representative for Urbana University Branch Campus of Franklin University, assisting community college students through the transfer process. Throughout her 15-year career in higher education, she has also worked in various roles such as Admissions, Academic Advising, and Continuing Education. Maureen has a B.S. in Biology from Wright State University. She is passionate about the power of education to change lives and enjoys assisting students in meeting their educational goals.

Rachel Fulton

Senior Transfer & Articulation Specialist
University of Cincinnati

Rachel Fulton currently serves the University of Cincinnati as a Sr Transfer & Articulation Specialist, focusing on developing and maintaining articulation agreements for all academic colleges. Rachel previously served UC in this role from 2019-2021. Beyond UC, she has served in articulation, advising, and transfer professional roles at Wright State University, IUPUI, and Ivy Tech Community College and has been a transfer champion with an advising heart since 2010.

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Candice Grant, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways
Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

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Jessi Hart

Senior Director, OATN Policy, Budget, & Constitute Relations
Ohio Department of Higher Education

Yolanda Hart

Senior Academic Advisor
Miami University Regionals

Yolanda Hart is a Senior Academic Advisor at Miami University Regionals. During her career she has held instructional, advising, and leadership roles in both higher education and community organizations. She is a purpose-driven advisor, mentor, teacher, and transfer champion. She strives to provide students with new knowledge, skills, and strategies to help them navigate their degree path and strengthen them as learners.

Eric Leach

Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

Eric Leach joined the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation in February of 2021 and currently serves as the Deputy Director. The Office of Workforce Transformation’s mission is to connect Ohio’s business, training, and education communities to build a dynamically skilled, productive, and purposeful workforce.

Joy Livergood

Associate Director, Articulation and Transfer Technology Initiatives
Ohio Articulation & Transfer Network



Charles Long

Advising Manager, Liberal Arts, Communications & Social Sciences
Sinclair College

Charles Long is the Advising Manger for the Liberal Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences division at Sinclair Community College. He has worked in higher education for more than thirty years, first at a university and now at a community college.

Angelique McCown

Transfer Credit and Articulation Analyst
Ohio University


Brandi Olberding

Director of Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning
Edison State Community College

Brandi R. Olberding’s professional career has included over 16 years in higher education, where she began as a financial aid analyst. Subsequently, she garnered experience as an industry program coordinator developing her awareness in workforce development and academic knowledge. As a program coordinator, she managed adult accredited trade programs and related technical instruction courses for apprenticeship programs. Brandi also spent time as an employment advisor for transitioning youth with disabilities, and believes in the philosophy that everyone has the ability to contribute to society and should focus on Employment First as a viable future option. These experiences led her to a broad understanding of workforce development and the proven success of work-based learning programs.

Olberding is a graduate of Upper Valley Career Center, Edison State Community College, Urbana University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s AMEDD Center and Health Readiness Center of Excellence, she is a retired platoon sergeant for a ground ambulance company. Valuing lifelong learning, Olberding is pursuing a graduate degree in Higher Education Leadership.

Olberding brings knowledge of local needs, believes in a ‘grow your own mentality” for workforce development and has a passion for helping bridge the skills gap to influence the local economy and boost the confidence of our future talent.

Jared Shank

Senior Director of Military and Apprenticeship Initiatives and Special Projects
Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

Jared Shank is the Senior Director of Military and Apprenticeship Initiatives and Special Projects at the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network at the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Prior to working in higher education, Jared served in the Army. His military background gave him a strong interest in helping service members and veterans succeed in higher education. Jared is responsible for MTAGs, Apprenticeship Pathways, and leading projects related to military credit such as the Ohio Values Veterans initiative. Jared earned his Bachelor of Arts in geography (G.I.S.) and his Master of Science in earth and environmental sciences (geophysics) both from Wright State University.

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Suzanne Smith

Director of Academic Support
Franklin University

Hideo Tsuchida

Director of Articulation, Transfer, and Institutional Partnerships
Wright State University

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Nikki Wearly

Senior Director, Career-Technical Transfer Initiatives
Ohio Articulation & Transfer Network

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Erica Wentworth

Enrollment Manager
Edison State Community College

Councils & Committees

SOCHE is dedicated to advancing higher education through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. To accomplish this, SOCHE administers 16 active Councils and Committees. The purpose of a SOCHE Council or Committee is to provide an opportunity for representatives from higher education to be a resource for one another, share information and best practices, identify common challenges, and, ultimately, broaden awareness of the resources, services, and activities in higher education. SOCHE is also dependent upon the Councils and Committees for substantial input on annual professional development programs.

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