Dr. Kevin Kirk
Dr. Kevin Kirk is President of Community Care College, Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College, where he has served for nearly 14 years. Previously, Dr Kirk 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, served as Director of Continuing Education at Utah State University, and has also worked at the University of Phoenix and three public Community Colleges.
With a professional career focused on helping others achieve success, Dr. Kirk firmly believes that education opens doors for opportunity and he loves teaching and helping others achieve their dreams. Dr Kirk is the father of four children. He holds Bachelor of Science, Masters degree, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University. He has served as Assistant Scoutmaster and enjoys golf, fly fishing, hunting, gardening, and playing with his grandchildren.
Director of Admissions
Tawni Edwards has been a part of the Admissions team at Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College for over 5 years and has a passion for helping others. Favorite part of her job? Graduation! Watching the students she helped get started at the college walk across the stage and receive their diploma is one of the best feelings in the world. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Masters Degree in Administrative Leadership and Northeastern State University with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. Tawni has lived in and around the Tulsa area for most of her life. There are few things Tawni enjoys more than a good pun and spending her free time with her husband, three fur-kids, and a good book.
Director of Financial Aid
Karissa Marcangeli has been a part of our financial aid team for over 15 years. She started her career at Community Care College over 16 years ago after attending Oklahoma State University. Karissa has a passion for helping students create financially responsible educational plans that make their career goals a reality. College is a large investment and can be an overwhelming process for students. Karissa and her team work hard to make the financial aid process as painless as possible during the enrollment period. Karissa grew up in McAlester, OK and loves Italian food. Karissa lives with her fur child, Duke and enjoys traveling and listen to live music with her friends.
Director of Career Services
Linda DeWitt has served over 19 years in various capacities at Community Care College, Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College. From Admissions to the Director of Career Services, Linda has been connecting and building relationships with thousands of employer within the community for our college’s graduates! She is committed to the company’s mission while being a role model for students and graduates living the core values each and every day. Favorite part of her job? Leading her team in transforming lives through education, encouragement, and guiding students/graduates down a specific career path! Linda enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Everything from hiking, biking, running and skiing are just a few of the things she loves doing on the weekend and in her spare time.
Dental Assisting Department Head
Janet Coon earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Rogers State University in December 2015 and an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Tulsa Community College in 1998, and has spent the last eighteen years working as a clinical Registered Dental Hygienist in Northeastern Oklahoma. Prior to beginning her career as a dental hygienist, Janet worked as a dental assistant for five years. Even as a hygienist, she never missed an opportunity to assist her dentist in a restorative or surgical procedure. It was this professional foundation that brought her to our dental assisting program as an instructor in 2016. The love of dentistry and passion for educating others about it is a daily goal for her and time is always taken to talk about the importance of oral health to everyone.
Early Childhood Education Department Head
Shani Snell offers a wealth of work experience and education to Early Childhood Education to students at Community Care College, including owning and managing a home daycare, being a nanny, teaching for 24 years, and earning her Master of Education in Adult Education and Administration. Shani strives to bring real world experiences and activities to the online Early Childhood Education program so that CCC ECE students are prepared to enter the workforce and excel in their profession. She believes that Early Childhood Education is vital because their early physical, social and emotional development all make a big impact on the adult they will become in the future.
Fitness and Health Training Department Head
Jill Spradlin is a graduate of University of Central Missouri with a Masters Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Management. Jill started her teaching career over 12 years ago at Tulsa Community College where she taught nutrition, yoga, TRX, cycle, body conditioning and helped students, faculty and staff reach their wellness and fitness goals. Jill has over 20 years in the fitness industry and loves to teach, workout and help people accomplish their goals. She is a wife and mom of three, and enjoys watching her kids play sports, going to Oklahoma State sporting events, and spending time with her family and friends.
Healthcare Administration and Medical Billing & Coding Department Head
Dori Ernstsen is the Department Head for the Medical Billing and Coding and Health Care Administration programs at Community Care College. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC). Dori’s experience in the healthcare industry also encompasses many years in practice management working in cardiology, neurology as well as urology before discovering her deep-rooted passion for teaching. She has many years working to educate physicians and staff members on reimbursement methodologies, coding guidelines, and business development strategies. From her start at CCC, Dori was able to pioneer the Medical Billing and Coding program. She continually changes the curriculum to move with the fast changes within the medical profession. She has the management focus, vision, and determination to see her students be successful! Dori is well known for her quick responses to students, teaching them on an individual basis, and directing them in a path for career victory!
Medical Assistant Department Head
Being a traditional college student herself by attending a university upon her graduation from high school, Julie Benson recognizes that today’s typical college students have different challenges. She believes that it is critical to make a connection with students in her class right away. To achieve this, she utilizes creative and innovative activities to intrigue them. She describes her teaching style as “edu-tainment” – college level, career-focused entertaining education. To keep students attending class every day, she provides fun, interesting, AND educational sessions, making school a safe and enjoyable place. Her career that includes 25+ years teaching medical assisting, she has developed an enormous catalog of teaching techniques to engage students in active learning.
Julie is a graduate of the University of Toledo with an AAS degree in Medical Assisting. She has also earned a CMA-AC (AAMA Administrative and Clinical specialty) and Registered Phlebotomist credential.
Paralegal Studies Department Head and Director of Distance Learning
Ruth Swimmer is a native Tulsan and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Yale University and law degree from Harvard Law School. She is licensed to practice in Oklahoma. Skilled at classroom and online teaching, Ruth is passionate about improving Oklahomans’ lives through higher education. She trains the next generation of aspiring legal assistants through the Paralegal program; as the Director of Distance Education, Ruth leads Community Care’s online programs. She and her husband Michael live in Tulsa.
Surgical Technology Department Head
Delora Tunison is a Certified Surgical Technologist with 15 years of experience. Her experience includes general, neuro, ent, ophthalmic, ob/gyn, genitourinary, and orthopedic surgery. Delora also has her Associates of Occupational Science in Surgical Technology and has been the Department Head of the Surgical Technology program at Community Care College since 2012. Her passion for patient care led her to teach, in the hopes of inspiring future surgical technologists. She enjoys helping students reach their full potential and works diligently with and for each student to ensure successful completion and transition into the field of surgery.