Meet the SOCHE Team
Director, Aerospace Professional Development
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.
Diana (Dee) Cahill
Diana (Dee) Cahill is currently the SOCHE Program Manager for the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton. Annually, SOCHE places more than 100 students, primarily from the STEM fields, with intern positions at AFIT where they work with professors on cutting-edge research for the Department of Defense.
Prior to joining SOCHE two years ago, Dee served as AFIT Civilian Student Coordinator. Previously, she worked as Program Coordinator for the Teacher Leader Program, Wright State University. Dee has been an adjunct instructor for WSU as well as Sinclair Community College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from WSU and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Youngstown State University.
Dee resides in Troy with her husband Eric, Systems Chief Engineer, UTC Aerospace Systems. In her free time, Dee enjoys spending time with her two grown daughters and grandson who live in Kansas City, MO.
Sean Joseph 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, currently serving on the Board of Education for Yellow Springs Public Schools. He also serves on boards for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Learn to Earn Dayton, International Leadership Association, Springfield Museum of Art, TEDxDayton, ThinkTV Public Broadcasting, and Wright-Patterson Community Partner Leadership Council. Sean has published and presented extensively on higher education, collaboration, civic engagement, and workforce development. He is also 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.
Sean lives in the charming village of Yellow Springs with his lovely wife, Leslee, and five beautiful children, Liam, Maya, Quinn, Audrey, and last, but not least, Juliette. In his spare time, he attempts to do hot yoga and run around the pickle ball court.
Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator
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 mother of a rescue dog, Stevie, who accompanies her on outdoor adventures throughout Ohio and beyond. She hopes to take up beekeeping and improve her horticulture skills.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Maggie Varga, M.B.A., serves as SOCHE’s Chief Operating Officer. She oversees internal operations including accounting, human resources, and business management with a particular emphasis on SOCHE’s internship programs. The SOCHEIntern Program employs over 300 students annually in cooperation with local government and small businesses, as well as the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The program provides high impact experiential learning opportunities for students while generating economic benefit and enhancing community sustainability. Maggie’s work improves the efficiency of programs that support member institutions and increase the success of nearly 200,000 students in southwest Ohio.
Maggie has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Dayton.
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 Shih Tzu named Penny.
Business & Safety Manager
Prior to joining SOCHE in 2014, Sandra was an HR Manager for a federal contractor. She earned her B.S. in Personnel and Labor Relations from the University of Maryland University College and is currently working on her Masters of Public Administration at Wright State University. She has strong ties to the military as a “brat,” a member of the W. Va. Air National Guard, a military spouse (retired), and now a military mother. She volunteers for the Wright Patterson AFB Fisher House. Her quest for higher education leaves her little time for fun these days, but she does enjoy movies and popcorn. Sandra’s family includes her husband, Mike; children, Logan and Emily; and pets, Sally the dog, Frankie the cat and Henry the ghost cat (RIP).