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.
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.
Cosmetology Department Head, Nail Technician Department Head, and Makeup Artistry 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, Cosmetology, 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.
Esthetics Department Head
As a firm believer in “beauty from the inside out” and taking care of “you” mentally, spiritually, nutritionally, emotionally, and physically, Amy has worked as a Cosmetologist and Esthetician for 17 years and as a Makeup Artist for over 25 years. The beauty industry has never just been a job for Amy, but a way of life. Her passion for the beauty and wellness industry has motivated Amy to continuously learn and grow in her craft. She is certified as a Wellness and Health Coach, is a Master Instructor of Cosmetology, and is working on her Integrated Life Process Practitioner Certification. Amy moved back to Oklahoma in 2014 and has owned her own business, Beautiful Aesthetics, for 16 years. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her husband and two daughters.
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.
Director of Education; Fashion Design and Interior 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.
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.