Dr. Raye Mahlberg
Dr. Raye Mahlberg has over 17 years of experience working higher education. She has a passion for helping students graduate and find success in their new careers. Dr. Raye has an MEd in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Personnel Services from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis in Enrollment Management from Capella University. Dr. Raye served as the Campus Director at Clary Sage College for 6 years prior to becoming President. Prior to coming to Community HigherEd Raye served as an Apartment Community Director and Special Programs and Marketing Coordinator at the University of Tulsa, and a Resident Director at Texas A&M Kingsville.
Pam a Mississippi native, moved to Oklahoma in 1989 with her family. She is a licensed Cosmetologist, Master Instructor and former salon owner. Under Pam’s leadership, Clary Sage College located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has become one of the most admired cosmetology schools in the country. Known for its student outcomes, the college boasts a 3 year cohort default rate of 4.2% and industry-leading graduate-with-employer engagement and placement rates. Pam has dedicated the last 24 years in furthering the status of Cosmetology higher education to politicians, regulatory bodies, and the community at large. She was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2012, to the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering and proudly served as the District 1 representative. The National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology appointed Pam to the National Examination Committee in 2014. Pam is passionate about empowering students through education and encourages lifelong learning. She has been with Clary for over 11 years. Hired to develop the Master Instructor program, Pam has gone on to teach in all areas of Cosmetology. She served as department head of the Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry/Cosmetician, Master Instructor and Nail Technician programs for most of her time at the college. Her current position is that of Campus Director. Pam boasts, “I take pride in knowing that CSC has taught and employed leaders in the Cosmetology field in the Tulsa and surrounding areas.”
Assistant Campus Director/Massage Therapy Department Head
Derek Ball AAS, LMT has lived in Oklahoma his entire life and loves this state, and the city of Tulsa. His passions include music, animals, cooking, and of course massage therapy.
Derek became interested in massage therapy at the age of 13 when his father was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease. Derek went to massage therapy school right out of High School and has been in the industry since. He has worked on the front lines as a therapist, as well as managing salons and spas, and even running his own business. Derek has a huge passion for education and loves that he gets to provide that every day for the future professionals in the massage industry. Derek is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and currently holds a certification in Reiki. He also loves to do bodywork involving the chakras.
Barber Department Head
Paula Matthews is an Oklahoma Native who lives in Owasso with her husband. She has two daughters and two granddaughters. Prior to developing the barber program at Clary Sage College she spent 30 years in the industry as a barber stylist and 9 of those years as a licensed barber instructor. Throughout those 30 years of experience she became involved with “Oklahoma Barber Advisory Board and The National Association of Barber Boards of America” and performed many tasks while being an active member of those boards.
Her love for the industry has transformed into a passion, sharing her craft with talented barber students. Within the 7 years since the program started she have been blessed in seeing students find great success in established shops, high end salons, and some even became shop owners themselves.
Paula also enjoy giving back to the community by going to John 3:16 men’s shelter and giving haircuts and has done so for more than 13 years. Giving back to the community is a way for her to share her skills and passion that reflect her love for the barber industry.
Cosmetology Department Head
Cara is an Oklahoma native who is dedicated to CrossFit and enjoys supporting her sons in their sporting activities. Cara is a three-time alumni of Clary Sage College. She graduated from the Cosmetology, Master Instructor and Barber Crossover program.
In the Cosmetology industry since 2009, Cara has worked as a wig and makeup artist for a major production company in Tulsa and later worked, trained and served as manager in a fast-paced Tulsa salon. As an instructor at Clary Sage College, Cara quickly became the evening Cosmetology team leader. Her leadership skills were further used when she became the department head for the Cosmetology, Makeup Artistry/Cosmetician, Master Instructor and Nail Technician programs at Clary Sage College in 2017.
Esthetics Department Head
Crystal is an Oklahoma native. She grew up in the salon alongside many of her family members and was inspired by them to make others feel beautiful. She obtained her cosmetology and Master Instructor education in Okmulgee and her AS in Business Administration at OSU. After working in a salon she returned to her alma mater as an instructor and later as the director. In 2011 she joined the Clary Sage College Cosmetology team teaching in all areas. Crystal found her passion in skin care and its science and soon became the Esthetician Department Head leading the most sought after program in Tulsa. Crystal loves that she gets to empower people every day through education.
Fashion Design Department Head
Dyana first realized her love of fashion at an early age,she began designing and constructing outfits in middle school in order to fulfill her creative urge.
She studied Apparel Manufacturing and Design at Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree and received many honors and awards for her designs . Immediately following graduation Dyana began working as an assistant Designer/patternmaker for a popular clothing brand in Dallas and has not stopped working in the industry since.
She has over 25 years experience perfecting her skill and immersing herself in the fast paced world of fashion.
Dyanas Designs which is owned and operated by Dyana was created over a decade ago and successfully sells classic clothing and jewelry with a modern twist. The experience of starting and running this business is an invaluable asset she has to share with her students.
She is involved with a variety of fashion related organizations and continues to express her love for the arts, highlighting the honor she received when she was chosen as Philbrook Museums Annual “Festival of Trees ” featured artist .
Dyana has been with Clary Sage since the inception of the fashion design program, creating a reputable and successful curriculum that inspires students to use their incredible talents to blossom in today’s fashion industry.
Interior Design Department Head
Alex Carlson-Erichsen is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a BS in Interior Design from the University of Texas-San Antonio and has been an Interior Designer for 15 years. Currently Mrs. Carlson-Erichsen is the Department Head for Interior Design at Clary Sage College in Tulsa, OK. Her her career path has encompassed Construction Management, Project Management, High End Residential Design, Showroom Design, Lighting Design, Educational Facilities Design, Product Design, Vendor Representation, and Kitchen and Bath Design.