Meet The Team

SCHEV's Private Postsecondary Education (PPE) unit is responsible for designing measures to ensure that all certified postsecondary schools meet minimum academic and administrative standards, and the rights of all students attending those schools are protected. PPE staff work to foster and improve the educational programs and services of these schools, while protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia from fraudulent or substandard operations.

Richard Cole

Certification Specialist

Rich came to SCHEV in 2016 with more than 25 years of service in higher education administration dedicated to student services and policy evaluation, development and compliance.  At SCHEV he coordinated the student complaint process before returning to his original work certifying new schools and programs in Virginia. Rich earned his Master of Science in Education at the University of Miami (FL).

Joseph Crook

Certification Coordinator

Joseph joined the PPE section in 2013 as a Certification Specialist before accepting his current position as Certification Coordinator in 2016. With over 15 years of experience in a variety of postsecondary school roles, Joe coordinates the certification processes for more than 200 private degree-granting and vocational schools in Virginia. He also serves as the SCHEV designee for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center board of trustees. Joseph has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law.

Sandra Freeman

Assistant Director

Sandra joined SCHEV in 2006 and is now the Assistant Director for PPE. Sandra’s varied responsibilities include planning, monitoring and coordinating the operational functions of the PPE department. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Bluefield College and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech.

Kathleen Kincheloe

Compliance Specialist

Kathleen first joined SCHEV in 2005 as the Assistant Director of Communications. After taking time off to have a family, she is excited to be back at SCHEV as part of the PPE team. Kathleen’s responsibilities include investigating student complaints, coordinating uncertified school compliance and managing special projects. Kathleen has a B.A. in communication from College of Charleston and a Master of Education from the College of William and Mary.

Monica Lewis

Fiscal Specialist

The longest-serving member of the PPE team, Monica came to SCHEV in 2005 as a Budget Analyst. In her current role as Fiscal Specialist, she is the team’s go-to person for any fiscal needs from budgeting to sureties to financial statements for school recertification. Monica is also responsible for religious exemptions and the Student Tuition Guaranty Fund. She holds a master's degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

Jacqueline Noggins

Administrative Assistant

A former GEAR UP scholarship recipient and psychology major at Virginia State University, Jackie joined the PPE team in 2018 motivated by her passion for helping others. Her many responsibilities include processing transcripts for closed schools, issuing agent permits to representatives of out-of-state institution, and assisting with new school orientation. Jackie also responds to PPE’s numerous constituent inquiries.

Alfonso Wells

Compliance Investigator

Art began his work as a PPE compliance investigator in 2015, bringing nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience with him. As a former senior law enforcement investigator and manager, he applies his skills as a decision maker, interviewer, and fact-finder, as well as his experience as an administrator and behavior analyst, to his work conducting audits of SCHEV certified schools.

Susan Yale

Compliance Investigator

When Susan began her work as a PPE compliance investigator in 2014, she brought more than 10 years of higher education experience with her. She applies her knowledge of financial aid, career services, and higher education administration to her work conducting audits of SCHEV certified schools. Susan has a B.A. in Sociology from Alfred University and a master's degree in Business Ethics and Compliance from New England College of Business and Finance.