Faculty & Staff

OTC Logo Pattern

Bryan Day


Bryan Day, the President of Community HigherEd Institute (CHEI), oversees Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College. With 17 years as CEO at Oklahoma’s premier addiction and behavioral health treatment center, he led a 300% growth in services, revenue, and staff while maintaining rigorous accreditations from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities (ODMHSAS), Joint Commission (JCAHO), and the Commission of Accredited Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). His tenure secured multi-million-dollar contracts with the VA, Cherokee Nation, Muscogee Creek Nation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Bryan also fostered partnerships with universities, including OU and OSU, creating ACGME-accredited programs. He’s a board member, community collaborator, and fundraiser with a history of success in for-profit ventures. Bryan resides near Pretty Water Lake with his wife, Connie, and actively supports charitable causes.

Joe Lockwood

Campus Director

Joe Lockwood brings over 16 years of extensive experience in post-secondary education. Commencing his journey as an admissions representative, he discovered his passion for guiding individuals toward their educational and professional aspirations. His proven success led to advancements, allowing him to make a significant impact. Overseeing the entire lifecycle of a new campus, from construction to reaching enrollment capacity, marked a pivotal full-circle moment in his career. Joe’s recent tenure of over 7 years at the nation’s largest post-secondary automotive college showcased his ability to train students for leading global auto manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ford, Lexus, Peterbilt, and more, with notable representation in the NASCAR circuit. Joe holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing.

Shannon Fargo

Automotive Technology Department Head

Shannon Fargo is from Kellyville, Oklahoma learning the ins and outs of racecars. He attended Lincoln Technical Institute’s Diesel Program. Fargo spent years working for trucking companies before going back to Lincoln Tech to teach. He then went on to teach at Fort Worth Independent School District as an Automotive Instructor before creating a new curriculum and training techs for Peterbilt across 33 states and 4 countries. Fargo taught at North Central Texas College before moving back to Kellyville to lead the Automotive Technology Department at Oklahoma Technical College.

Bob Allen

Diesel Technology Department Head

Bob Allen, boasting 40 years in Diesel and Automotive Fields, served in the Army during the Vietnam era and briefly pursued a passion for racing upon return. Transitioning into management roles within the commercial vehicle industry for over 35 years, he holds expertise as an applications engineer, capable of designing and building vehicles from scratch. With a notable career, including designing armored vehicles like ‘The Golan’ and the MRAP for the US Military, Bob’s global adventures range from Siberia to Israel, a place close to his heart. Beyond his automotive pursuits, he’s a prolific Christian author, pastor, and family man residing in Broken Arrow. Bob stays engaged in writing, blogging, and instructing at OTC, finding joy in family camping and quality time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Michael Bavuso

Electrical Technology Department Head

Michael Bavuso began his electrical career in the U.S. Navy in San Diego, California in 1973. He attended Electrician’s Mate A School and was assigned to U.S.S. Berkeley DDG-15. He attended Pittsburg State University’s Vocational Electrical Program and earned an associate degree in Electronics from Olympic College. Bavuso received a Certificate of Completion in the Air Conditioning & Heating program at Tulsa Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and a Journeyman Electrician license and his Electrical Contractor License from the state of Oklahoma. He joins Oklahoma Technical College as the Electrical Technology Department Head with 40+ years of experience in the field.

Jimmy Hawley

HVAC/R Department Head

Jimmy Hawley, OTC’s HVAC/R Department Head, leverages 30+ years in HVAC and 8 years in Ironwork and welding. Joining OTC in 2023 after a career at CareertechSystem, Jimmy swiftly became a Journeyman and established his HVAC company with an Oklahoma Contractor license. Leading the Career Tech HVAC state committee for 3 years and serving as MEPO education director for 5 years, he guided students to success at Skills USA National Leadership Conference. Passionate about job placements, Jimmy collaborates with top companies, ensuring students secure fulfilling careers. Beyond work, he finds joy in bow hunting, professional archery competitions, and time spent in the woods, making him a valuable asset to OTC’s HVAC program.

David Weitl

Plumbing Department Head

David Weitl, originally from Orange County, California, relocated to Tulsa in the early 1990s, obtaining his Journeyman plumbing license. After working for esteemed companies like William’s Plumbing and Raby Plumbing, he briefly returned to California to manage his family’s plumbing business. Since 2018, David has led the plumbing department at Dale and Lee’s Service of Owasso. With over 40 years of expertise in residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing, he now serves as the head of plumbing technology at Oklahoma Technical College. A distinguished academic, David graduated with honors from EL Modena High School and pursued further education at Santa Ana and Rancho Santiago College.

Loimata (Maka) Tupuola

Financial Aid Specialist and Veterans School Certifying Official

Loimata Tupuola has been working with Community Higher Education for almost a year. She has 9 years of Financial Aid experience before joining our team. Loimata has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and plans to continue her education in the near future. Loimata comes from a big family with 6 siblings. She is originally from Hawaii but moved around a bit due to her dad being in the military. She enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with her family.

Mashaela Stripling

Career and Life Development Department Head

Mashaela Stripling, an Oklahoma native now residing in Tulsa, brings over 10 years of experience in student services and mental health work to Community Care College. Specializing in diversity programs, at-risk youth development, college readiness, and mental health initiatives, Mashaela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations (’14) and a Master of Human Relations Degree (’16) with a counseling focus from the University of Oklahoma. At CCC, she channels her expertise to nurture an environment of growth and learning while supporting students.  Mashaela enjoys family time, travel, singing, and merging education, mental health, and faith principles to empower others.

Elizabeth Blake

Director of Admissions

Elizabeth’s journey from a dedicated healthcare professional to a higher education leader spans over a decade. After a decade as a Registered Medical Assistant, she transitioned into post-secondary education in 2009. Through continuous growth, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Kaplan University in 2014, followed by a Master’s in Health Information Management from Purdue University Global in 2021. Elizabeth’s career at Community Care College began in 2023 as the Director of Admissions, overseeing admissions across all campuses. Beyond her professional life, she cherishes family moments, travel, country music, NASCAR, and quality time with her grandchildren.

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.

Charmaine Hartin

Career Services Manager

Charmaine holds degrees in Cosmetology and an Associate’s in Medical Billing & Coding. Her journey at Community Care College began in 2020 as the Coordinator for Medical Billing & Coding and Healthcare Administration programs. Quickly, she found her passion in assisting graduates in securing employment in their chosen fields. In 2021, Charmaine joined Career Services, customizing support for distance education graduates and recognizing their unique needs and goals. With her adept relationship-building skills, she thrives. In 2023, she took on the Career Life and Development (CLD) instructor role and now manages Career Services across all three campuses, along with teaching CLD online. In her free time, Charmaine enjoys swimming, camping, crafting, and quality moments with her family, but her most cherished role is being a mom to her two children.

Brigitte Kurr


Brigitte initially joined Community Care College in 2007 as an assistant registrar. In 2011 she was promoted to the position of Registrar. She serves Community Care College, Clary Sage, and Oklahoma Technical College campuses in this role. Her responsibilities include managing student records, overseeing registration processes, and supporting students, faculty, and administrative teams. In addition to her professional achievements, Brigitte has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing, which she earned from the University of Phoenix in 2007. She appreciates the challenges our students face who pursue their education as full-time students with hectic schedules. She considers herself an advocate for students as they navigate their educational journeys.