Veterans Workshop Speakers
Evolving to Meet the Needs of Our Military-Affiliated Students
October 9, 2020 via the SOCHE Zoom Platform
Registration is Closed.
Jennifer Kostic, Sinclair College, Associate Provost; US Army Reserve
Jennifer assumed the role of Associate Provost at Sinclair Community College in 2017. She serves as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve as the Executive Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency in Columbus, Ohio.
Jennifer previously held the position of Human Resources Manager at Sinclair from 2002-2016, and also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching Interpersonal Communication and Effective Public Speaking since 2001. She serves on the board for the Wright Dunbar Walk of Fame and is a member of the Dayton Area Recruiting Alliance, serving as committee chair for six years. She was a founding member of Goodwill’s Veterans Employer Connection. Jennifer earned a baccalaureate degree from Tulane University in communication and a graduate degree in communication from the University of Dayton.
Alicia Schroeder, Sinclair College, Director of Student Affairs
Alicia joined Sinclair in 2015 as the Manager of Accessibility and Counseling. Before joining Sinclair Community College, Alicia worked for 20 years for the state agency, Opportunities for Ohioans for Disabilities (OOD). In her work at OOD she advocated for, supported, and assisted individuals with disabilities in achieving their goals of independence and employment. She is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and completed her graduate work in Rehabilitation Counseling focusing on Severe Disabilities at Wright State University.
Lorrie Spivey, Sinclair College, Manager of Counseling and Accessibility Services
Lorrie is the Manager of Accessibility and Counseling Services at Sinclair. Lorrie is a nationally certified and licensed professional counselor who started her career at Sinclair nearly 6 years ago as the Accessibility Counselor. She has a background as a therapist working with adolescents in an alternative high school and as a Developmental Disability Participant Support Specialist for the Wyoming State Health Department. Lorrie has PsyD in Behavior Health Leadership, and a MAEd in Mental Health Counseling.
Sam Surowitz, University of Dayton, Director of Military and Veteran Programs and Services (MVPS); Army Veteran
Sam is the Director of Military and Veteran Programs and Services (MVPS) at the University of Dayton. He is proud to serve as the Vice Chair of the SOCHE Veteran and Military Service Committee!
Sam has served in active duty, reserve, and National Guard components of the Army continuously since 2006. He served as a Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and as a Drill Sergeant before becoming a Commissioned Officer. Sam is a graduate of Airborne and Ranger School and has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Djibouti.
Previously, Sam worked as the Veterans Program Coordinator at the University of Connecticut, where he also earned a Master of Public Administration. He has advised students on state and federal veterans’ educational benefits and applied those benefits to students’ accounts in accordance with school policy and the law. Sam has taught a Veterans' First Year Experience course, advised the Student Veteran Student Association, assisted with military appreciation sporting events, conducted faculty training on veterans in the classroom, and coordinated care package drives. He has also worked on special projects, including organizing veterans' wall art and display case exhibits. Sam has extensive experience forming university policies to benefit military affiliated students in higher education
Mark Wright, Sinclair Community College and University of Dayton; Navy Veteran and Air Force Reserve
Mark is a recent graduate of UD, class of ’20 with a BS in Business Administration - Finance and graduated with a 3.5 GPA. Mark is a Veteran and attended school full time while serving in the reserves and being a father of six. He served in the Navy as a submarine missile technician from Nov 2006 through May 2015. He deployed multiple times aboard USS Maryland (SSBN 738B) and to Kings Bay, Georgia, and did shore duty at Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility Pacific Northwest, Bangor, Washington. He returned to Dayton and transferred to the Air Force Reserve with the 445th Civil Engineer Squadron at WPAFB where he serves as a Water and Fuels Systems Technician. He deployed once with the Air Force Reserve in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He now works at the Department of Energy as a Cost Estimator.