15563 OH-595 Logan, OH 43138
Founding Board

Bringing Classical Education to Southeast Ohio

What started as an idea has developed into a team of people working toward one common goal–founding and opening a classical charter school with the mission of training the minds and nurturing the hearts of young men and women through a content-rich curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, with an emphasis on civic virtue and moral character. The founding board is responsible for overseeing the faithful execution of the mission of our school.

We are a group of old friends and new friends, parents and grandparents, who have fallen in love with classical education. We love the traditional curriculum and the focus on truth and civic virtue. Our aim is to offer a high-quality education to students in Southeast Ohio at no cost to them.

The SOCA Founding Board

Kim Vandlen

Kim has her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hope College and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University. She currently works part-time in bookkeeping/accounting at her church in Athens and spends the rest of her time caring for her three children. She was part of the second class to graduate from Hillsdale Academy in Hillsdale, Michigan in 2002 and has had a love for classical education ever since. She is thrilled to be bringing this type of educational option to southeast Ohio. Kim and her husband Jeff live in Athens and have three children ages 12, 10 and 7.

Rich Schmaltz

Rich is a board member for SOCA and looks forward to seeing students thrive personally and in their communities because of the rigorous curriculum, character development, and civic training they'll receive as part of a classical education. He graduated with a Master's in Education at Southern Illinois University and has worked in the field of human resources for many years. Rich has been married to his wife, Liz, for 12 years and they have three children.

Jon Eckles

Jon served in the United States Navy as a Senior Naval Aircrewman. Upon being Honorably Discharged from the Navy, he went to work for GE as a Systems Engineer and Systems Analyst in support of Naval Operations at the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Center in Puerto Rico, and then in Philadelphia for the Strategic Defense Initiative. He has continued his career by developing a software application used by the Exact Sciences Corporation that generates a detailed molecular profile report for late stage cancer patients. Jon has been married to Jeannette for thirty-nine years and they have two adult children. They moved to Athens to be near their daughter and first grandchild. Jon is excited to help bring classical education to his new hometown.

Courtney Kuhnert

Courtney is a member of the SOCA Board and is excited to help bring a quality school choice to Southeast Ohio. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois with a specialization in school social work. She worked for many years as a K-5 social worker and has extensive experience working in special education. She lives in Athens with her husband of 20 years and has five children.

Linda Rice

Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts, Literature, and Secondary Education from Grove City College, a Master’s Degree in Administration from Westminster College, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University. She taught high school English for ten years in Ohio and Pennsylvania before moving to Athens to teach at Ohio University. Linda brings a passion for the Humanities and over 30 years of experience teaching English. She is especially excited about SOCA’s mission to train the hearts and minds of young men and women in the liberal arts and sciences, with an emphasis in civic virtue and moral character.

Claire Green

Claire Green graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Science which led to a career in engineering, facilities management, and construction. Claire fell in love with Southeast Ohio working as an engineering consultant at Ohio University, and quickly decided to move to the area. Claire and her husband, Morgan, own and manage AC Green Metalworks, a construction company in Athens, Ohio. She has an interest in creating jobs for the local community and bridging the gap between Athens and Columbus to support their growing construction market. Claire lives in Athens with her husband and daughter, and is excited to bring a high quality classical education to the children in Southeast Ohio.