Director of Education | 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 Bachelor 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 of experience perfecting her skill and immersing herself in the fast-paced world of fashion.
Dyana’s 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.
Barber Department Head
Paula Matthews is an Oklahoma Native who lives in Owasso with her husband. She has two daughters and three granddaughters and one grandson. Prior to developing the barber program at Clary Sage College, she spent 30 years in the industry as a barber stylist and 14 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 12 years since the program started, she has been blessed in seeing students find great success in established shops, high end barbershops and salons, and some even became shop owners themselves. Paula has given back to her community over the years by going to John 3:16 men’s shelter, 12 and12 Drug Rehab Center and The Day Center and giving haircuts. 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
Shay Ryan has over 29 years of experience in Cosmetology and Entrepreneurship. After graduating as a Master Instructor in Cosmetology, Shay received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Community Care College. She applied the skills that she had acquired in those programs to become Director of Education for a Beauty College in the Tulsa area.
Shay then became the owner of a Tulsa-based salon, where she also managed all aspects of social media marketing. In her role as owner, she provided opportunities for recent college graduates to grow their own careers.
Joining Clary Sage College in 2022 as Cosmetology Department Head, she continues to be very passionate about the students and loves to see them succeed. With a personalized approach, she aims to provide the students with a comprehensive education that is suitable for each individual student. For Shay, the most rewarding part of teaching is when the students have lightbulb moments and find new passions to believe in.
When she isn’t helping students to achieve their goals at Clary Sage College, Shay enjoys kayaking, swimming, camping, and spending time with her amazing grandchildren.
Esthetician Department Head
Erica Parker brings an extensive background in the beauty industry to Clary Sage College. After graduating from cosmetology school in Wichita, Kansas in 1989, she knew even then that she would eventually go into education.
Before becoming a Master Instructor, she worked in several different salon settings and owned her own full-service salon for 14 years. What she found the most fulfilling about that work was when she was able to equip tomorrow’s professionals. After taking time off from the beauty industry to focus on raising her two sons, she went into the medical field and worked in doctors’ offices before returning to her first passion–teaching. While Erica has taught cosmetology courses, she really found that her strength was in esthetics. Skin care and the science of skin are something that has always been a fascination for her, and she loves sharing that knowledge with her students.
At Clary Sage College, Erica fully involves herself in the inner workings of education and assists in the creation of the best quality education. Her students are now her best customers and Erica strives to provide exemplary customer service everyday. After 35 years in the beauty industry, Erica appreciates that her diverse knowledge and experience continue to contribute to everything she can share with her students.
Makeup Artistry Department Head, Nail Technician Department Head
At a young age Kat knew that she wanted to grow up to work in a field where she could be creative; to surround herself with likeminded people and all come together to create the bigger picture. She has been a licensed Cosmetologist since 2009, Master Instructor since 2013, two-time award-winning Makeup Artist, and Clary Alumni! Kat loves to work with all things beauty but has specialized in the Production scene since 2015. She loves working in film because it gives her the opportunity to create something new every time she’s on set and it also gives her time to meet and connect with people. A nerd to the core, she loves to create a look from hair, makeup, props, wardrobe, and everything in between. When Kat is not running the Departments of Makeup Artistry and Nail Technology you can usually find her hanging out with her kids, cat, or starting a new project to stay busy and learn new things.
Massage Therapy Department Head
Bridget Brock, AOS, LMT grew up in Northern Wisconsin and has lived in a few states before settling down in Oklahoma 15 years ago. She lives in Coweta with her husband and fur babies. Her passions are traveling, dogs, natural healing and, of course, massage therapy.
Bridget came into Massage Therapy after seeing so many people in pain and only receiving treatment with medication. She enrolled in the Massage Therapy Program in Florida, but two months later moved to Tulsa and transferred to the Massage Therapy Program at Community Care College. Bridget has worked on the front lines as a therapist, as well as managing salons and spas, and even running her own business. Bridget also currently holds a certification in Massage Cupping.
Director of Operations
Derek is an Oklahoma native, and has lived and worked in Tulsa since the age of 17. A Licensed Massage Therapist by trade, Derek graduated from Community Care College in 2007 with his Associates of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy. Derek came to work for Community HigherEd in 2014 in the massage therapy department, and has held multiple leadership roles, leading to his current position working for all 3 college campuses. In his free time, Derek loves traveling with his partner, taking care of his 40+ plants, cooking and trying new cuisine, and playing with his Corgi. Derek has a passion for helping others, in many different ways. He is an active member of the community, serving on local organization’s boards and donating time to local initiatives. Derek gains immense pleasure from organizing and putting on various events for Community HigherEd.
Director of Career Services
Sara graduated from Northeastern State University with a degree in Marketing and joined Community Care College in Admissions in 2007. She fondly recalls when both OTC and Clary Sage opened their doors for the first time to students. In 2010, Sara took on a new role as Evening Team Leader at Clary. She was able to use the skills that she learned from her Marketing degree to read people in order to really get to know how to help them.
In 2011, Sara married and moved to Texas to begin a career in banking. While there, she ultimately decided that she truly missed the connection with the students that she had, so she returned to Clary Sage in 2020 as a Career Services Representative. Her favorite part of what she does is watching someone pursue what they truly want in life, and then watching that dream become reality.
Sara was promoted to Career Services Director in 2022, where she continues to use her talents to help students achieve their career goals with her servant’s heart and love of giving to others.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband and animals, crafting, listening to live music, and she’s never met a patio she didn’t like!
Dr. Raye Mahlberg
Dr. Raye Mahlberg has over 22 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Pallavi “Polly” Agarwal serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College. Polly is a true servant leader and loves the college’s CARES culture. Polly has her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a major in Accounts/Finance. While pursuing her bachelors, she worked as an intern at a CPA firm for several years. A few years later she earned her Master’s in Business Administration at Oral Roberts University (ORU), Tulsa OK. During her M.B.A. program, she started working at Community Care College as an Accountant, and was then promoted to the Accounting Manager position. Polly has been serving as the CFO of the colleges since January of 2016. Throughout her 10+ years with the colleges Polly has been dedicated to serving others and developing leaders.
Director of Human Resources
Brenda Knox is the Human Resources Director for Community HigherEd Institute which includes Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College. Brenda is a Medical Assistant by trade with many years in the healthcare field. As one of the first graduates of CCC Brenda had the opportunity to teach in the Medical Assisting Program in 1997. In 1998 Knox Laboratory became an extension of CCC for student drug testing and Occupational Medicine. Brenda managed the laboratory until the purchase of the building that is now the CCC campus in 2002. Brenda’s passion has always been in education, Career College changed her life as a single mom and she wanted to help others succeed in the same way. Brenda developed what is now the Human Resources Department for the three campuses. Brenda has an Associate’s degree in Applied Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management & Ethics from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Brenda is a native Tulsan and proud to have been with the company for 25 years!