Meet the SOCHE Team
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.
Vice President of Development
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.
Senior Manager, Member Professional Development
Joining the SOCHE staff in the spring of 2020, Mindy has an extensive background in marketing and communications roles, including more than two decades of experience at higher education institutions. Mindy’s primary responsibilities at SOCHE include conceptualization, planning, and executing the organization’s various events, as well as coordinating the councils and committees program and hosting associated meetings. She also is responsible for the annual SOCHE Excellence Awards program that honors faculty and staff for their excellence in contributions to member institutions.
In her previous role, she was associate editor of revenue content at Cox Media Group Ohio, heading up a freelance team that produced nearly 300 content projects a year. Mindy has spent all but 10 years of her life in the Miami Valley, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communication, with a journalism emphasis, from Wright State University. In her free time, Mindy is a volunteer with Dayton-area nonprofit Shoes4TheShoeless. She also enjoys participating in taekwondo classes with her son, Gannon, who is significantly more talented in that area than she is. Mindy and her husband, Don, have been married for almost 25 years.
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.
Senior Program Manager
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.
Vice President of Administration
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 sons, Kekoa, Kaimana, and Kona. 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.
Executive 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; husband Don; as well as her five fur-babies: Sophie, Breezy, Hank, Rori, and Lottie (the giant rabbit). She spends her spare time in the garden and rehabbing her home in Franklin.
SOCHEintern, Local Government and Businesses
Morgan joined the SOCHE team as a Marketing Intern in August of 2018. She graduated from the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University with a 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.
Thomas began his journey with SOCHE as an intern in August of 2020. After graduating from Cedarville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, Thomas officially joined the team as a program manager for recruiting.
Currently, Thomas lives in Beavercreek, Ohio. He enjoys cooking with friends, playing with bands in the local area, and ministering at his local church as the Worship Leader and Media Coordinator. Thomas began his MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Cedarville University and loves learning about the ever-changing business and marketing landscape.
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.