Building at Clary Sage College in Tulsa OK

Dr. Kevin Kirk

President

Kevin Kirk is President of Community Care College, Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College, where he has served for nearly 17 years. Prior to his current position, Kevin worked as a learning performance consultant for IBM. Dr. Kirk was also employed by the Mayo Clinic as Chair of the Division of Education Services. He also served as Director of Continuing Education at Utah State University. Dr. Kirk has also been employed by the University of Phoenix and three public Community Colleges.

With a professional career focused on helping others achieve success, Kevin firmly believes that education opens doors for opportunity and he loves teaching and helping others achieve their dreams.

Kevin served as President of the Adult Education Association of Utah and was a Board member of the Utah Community Education Association and Mountain Plains Adult Education Association. He also served as the president of the Western Kansas Community College Consortium. Kevin was elected as a two-term commissioner with the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Dr. Kirk also chaired The National Awards Committee for CCA and APSCU from 2006-2012.

Teresa Knox and Kevin are two time recipients of the Tulsa Business and Economic Development Commission’s “Small Business of the Year Award”.

Kevin is the father of four children. He holds a BS, Master’s and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University. In graduate school, Kevin was a recipient of the C.S. Mott Foundation Fellowship as well as being the awardee of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Scholarship. Kevin has served as Assistant Scoutmaster and enjoys golf, fly fishing, hunting, gardening, and playing with his grandchildren.

Estrella Ramírez

Career and Life Development Department Head

Estrella Ramírez is a seasoned educator with over a decade of experience in education impacting thousands of students’ lives over the course of her career. She earned an Associates degree in Pre-Education from Tulsa Community College in 2013, a Bachelor’s degree from ORU in Modern Foreign Language Education in 2015 (Spanish Education), and a Dual Master’s degree in Administration of Education and Curriculum and Instruction in 2022 from Emporia State University. Estrella loves education and believes teaching to be her divine calling so she is very passionate about it. She personally used education to transform her life and has a desire to instill the importance of education in as many people’s lives as possible. She believes education to be the key to unlocking countless opportunities and is determined to help put the key of education into the hands of every student she is blessed to teach.

Paula Matthews

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.

Shay Ryan

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.

Erica Parker

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.

Katherine Ashby

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.

Bridget Brock

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.

Derek Ball

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.

Sara Breland

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!

Pallavi Agarwal

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.