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 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.
DeShannon Q. Harris
Associates of Occupational Science Degree in Business & Industry Management and Accounting Specialist Department Head
DeShannon Q. Harris holds a BS Degree in Business Administration and a Graduate Certification in Educational Technology from DeVry University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Business of DeVry University, and she is presently pursuing a Doctorate at Walden University in Business Administration with a specialization in Leadership. De has 25 years of sales and customer service management experience and seven years of teaching experience as an Adjunct Instructor at Tulsa Technology Center and Tulsa Community College. She is committed to equipping students with a quality education in the functional areas of business administration and accounting.
De facilitates collaborative and engaging learning environments. She believes this interactive approach is essential for student growth and development. De is well known for her delivery of inspirational and motivational quotations. A favorite quote of hers is “Education is the key that opens the mind of the unresolved.”
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.
Health Care Administration Department Head and Medical Billing and Coding Instructor
Desiree Jett first joined the Community Care College family as a student in the Medical Billing and Coding program. Her passion for helping others achieve their educational goals brought her back as an instructor and she is currently the department head for Health Care Administration. Desiree is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University with a Bachelor Degree in Family Studies and Gerontology. She also holds a certification in Medical Billing and Coding through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Desiree has lived in the Tulsa area for most of her life. She is the mother of two adult children and has one grandson. There are few things Desiree enjoys more than a rainy day and a great book and her two beagles.
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.
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 Technologist Department Head
Jonathan Studdard received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma and was a graduate of Jenks High School. He has been a Certified Surgical Technologist since 2008 and has taught Surgical Technology at Community Care College for 3 years. Jon enjoys spending time in the on-campus surgical technology lab with his students and watching them develop their skills. Outside of work, Jon enjoys spending time with his family and anything relating to sports.
Dr. Lisette Wigton
Veterinary Assistant Department Head
Lisette Wigton, DVM, is a 1996 graduate of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. For over 21 years in the Tulsa area, she has focused her medical practice mainly on small animals though she also has experience in equine medicine. While Dr. Wigton enjoys caring for all animals, her major interests include exotic pets and internal medicine. Throughout her career, she has spent countless hours educating clients about animal health care and this has enabled her to make a seamless transition to teaching our veterinary assistant students.
Department Head of HealthCare Administration
Staff member at Community Care College.