Meet the SOCHE Team
Chief Operating Officer
Cassie joined SOCHE as the Director of Aerospace Professional Development in 2017. She was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and is an avid Bills fan. Cassie is an active volunteer on several different boards across the Dayton community.
After traversing the world for 26 years in the Air Force, Cassie has chosen Dayton as her home and the Workforce Development area as her passion. In the APDC she works with companies across the region helping them find the workforce they need as well as helping to build pathways to in-demand jobs. She also works with job seekers helping them find their niche. Cassie has a special focus on Veterans needs across our region and State. Cassie is an adjunct in the Organizational Leadership Department at Wright State and in her spare time loves spending time with her husband and daughter or reading a good book.
Senior Program Manager
Patty comes to SOCHE with over 12 years of experience working as a STEM Program Manager in industry. She is originally from Beavercreek, but explored the world with her husband, Kevin, during his 22 years in the Air Force. After many worldly adventures, they decided to make the wonderful city of Dayton their permanent home. Currently, Patty’s family resides in Springboro where she keeps busy chauffeuring her three kids to school activities and volunteering at their schools, sporting events, and Church.
Kelly has been a member of the SOCHE team since 2015 and works hard to get the word out in beautiful ways. Whether emails, social media posts or event programs, if it’s anything marketing related and it came from SOCHE, Kelly probably had something to do with it.
Kelly hails from Chicago and is a graduate of the University of Dayton. She is the proud parent of a rescue dog, Stevie, who accompanies her on outdoor adventures throughout Ohio and beyond.
Sean Creighton joined SOCHE in 2004, and has loved every moment since. Prior to SOCHE, he worked for Antioch University Midwest and the Muse Machine. Sean is actively engaged in the community, having completed over ten years of service on the Board of Education for Yellow Springs Public Schools. He also provides leadership for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, International Leadership Association, Springfield Museum of Art, TEDxDayton, and ThinkTV Public Broadcasting. Sean has published and presented extensively on community engagement, higher education, and workforce development and has served as a principle investigator for the Kettering Foundation on research projects concerning the civic mission of higher education. A higher education advocate and voice for collaboration, he posts regularly at creightoncollaborative.com.
SOCHE Student Research Program
Brittany Edwards is currently SOCHE Program Manager at AFRL/RX and has been with the organization since 2005. She has served as Program Manager at AFIT previously and has been instrumental in all things SOCHE. During her 12 years with SOCHE, Brittany has hired hundreds of students, placing them in research positions on Wright-Patterson AFB.
Throughout the academic year, Brittany attends area college and university career fairs , meeting with prospective student interns. Brittany has worked on base since 1991 in various capacities for Park University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Program Manager, Defense Associated Graduate Student Innovators
Kim joined SOCHE in 2018 as Program Manager for Defense Associated Graduate Student Innovators, after 23 years as Administrative Assistant for DAGSI. She is originally from Beavercreek and is a graduate of the University of Dayton.
Kim currently lives with her two amazing children, Emily and Nathan; as well as her five fur-babies: Sophie, Breezy, Hank, Rori, and Lottie (the giant rabbit). She spends her spare time in a labor of love - rehabbing her home in Franklin.
Alex joined SOCHE in 2016 after working in the logistics industry. He moved to Ohio to attend the University of Dayton and quickly fell in love with the region. Alex has a passion for showing off his adopted city to anyone that will give him the time of day.
Outside of work, Alex enjoys the extensive park system in the region and the ever-growing brewery scene. He lives in the Historic South Park neighborhood with his wife and newborn son.
Chief Administrative Officer
Anthony Hinojosa is a ten-year U.S. Navy veteran who has traveled the world three times and deployed eight times to Afghanistan, Djibouti and other areas worldwide with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Anthony utilized his military experiences to advocate for Veterans and Military-Connected families. Through his advocating efforts, Anthony assisted in establishing a $1.6 million-dollar student veteran safe haven at Wright State University. Anthony joined SOCHE as our Chief Administrative Officer. He brings a breadth of experience in Contract and Program Management.
Anthony lives outside of Springfield with his beautiful wife Michelle, and son Kekoa. He is currently looking for volunteer board opportunities in the Miami Valley Region.
Karen has worked for SOCHE since September 2013. She has an Associate in Arts from Sinclair in General Studies with a major in Dance (!) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Dayton. She completed her Accounting classes at Wright State University.
Born and raised in Dayton, Karen was elected to be a member of the Montgomery County GOP Central Committee and is on the Executive Committee for the Montgomery County GOP Central Committee.
Karen was a Girl Scout Leader when her daughters were Scouts. She loves to camp, hike and sleep in a hammock! Her favorite camping trips are to Damascus, Virginia on the Appalachian Trail, Red River Gorge in Slade, Kentucky and Kelleys Island on Lake Erie (sleeping just feet from the waves of the lake is very soothing).
Karen has a husband of 25 years and three wonderful children.
Morgan joined the SOCHE team as a Marketing Intern in August of 2018. She attends the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University, working towards her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.
Morgan was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio where she lives near Wright State University’s campus. On top of working and going to school, she spends the little free time she has coaching the Women’s Junior Varsity Soccer team at Carroll High School in Dayton and spending time with her family and friends.
Senior Program Manager
Kimberly joined the SOCHE team in 2011 and has directed professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, administrators and students from institutions statewide. Through development and coordination of conferences, workshops, and other special events, Kimberly provides opportunities for professionals at member institutions to gather, network, and inspire one another through meaningful dialogue.
Kimberly received her undergraduate degree from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Marketing and her Masters of Education from Wright State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education. In addition, to event management Kimberly (Federle) Weaver recently managed the biggest event of her career, her wedding! She and her husband Tony, married in September 2016. The two live in West Chester and have a son named Maxwell and a Shih Tzu named Penny.
Sandra Logan Wild
Business & Safety Manager
Sandra joined the SOCHE Team in 2014, previously working for 10 years as an HR Manager for a federal contractor. She earned her Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Wright State University in 2018 and her undergraduate degree in Personnel and Labor Relations from the University of Maryland University College. She has strong ties to the military as a “brat,” W. Va. Air National Guard member (4-year), military spouse of USAF retired veteran, and proud Mom of a USAF Reserves member. Sandra’s family includes her husband, Mike; children, Logan and Emily; and pets, Sally the dog and Franky the cat. She is currently looking for a volunteer position to utilize her new MPA skills.