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.
HVAC/R Department Head
Micheal attended Tulsa Tech in 2010 where he obtained his certificate in HVAC/R. Micheal then went on to graduated from OSU I.T. in 2013 with his Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, Majoring in HVAC/R Technologies. Micheal possesses an Oklahoma Unlimited Mechanical Contractor’s license, and owners his own heat and air company, Reliable Air LLC. Micheal is an avid outdoorsman, when not working you will find him hunting or fishing!
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.
Leonda Clements has over 25 years of experience working in business and finance. She has a passion for education and its ability to change people’s lives for the better. Leonda has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a Masters in Science Management both from Southern Nazarene University. Leonda served as Senior Financial Aid Specialist / School Certifying Official at both Oklahoma Technical College and Community Care College for 11 years prior to being promoted to Campus Director of Oklahoma Technical College. Leonda will continue to serve as the Veteran Coordinator for Community HigherEd, representing our three colleges and our military-connected students throughout the state of Oklahoma. In her spare time, she is active in her church, loves music, reading and enjoys cooking for her family.
Automotive Technology Department Head
As a senior Master technician for over 30 years and reaching the top of the automotive field, Tony was looking for a career where he could give back to an industry that has been so rewarding to him and his family. The need for technicians is higher today than ever before. More than that, the industry needs qualified teachers to ensure the students are getting what they need to succeed in the automotive industry. Being able to pass on the years of experience and knowledge that he has gained is a rewarding experience for him and Tony feels blessed to see new technicians excel in their career path.
As the Department Head at Oklahoma Technical College, Tony has the honor of leading a team of experienced and passionate instructors who want to continue to make an impact on the automotive field. Together they work hard to educate, guide, and produce high quality Automotive Technicians.
Diesel Technology Department Head
Brett Ritchey is the Diesel Technology Department Head at Oklahoma Technical College, and teaches the AM diesel class. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology and Diesel and Heavy Equipment from Pittsburg State University. Brett also is an ASE certified Master Technician with years of experience in the trucking industry, agricultural industry, construction equipment, and automotive industry. In his spare time he likes to hunt, fish, and work on anything that has an engine.
Welding Technology Department Head
Rod Riggs has 15 years’ experience in the Welding Field and retired from the US Navy after 20 years of service. During his 15 years of professional welding he has worked in multiple Fabrication Shops as well as field welding and most recently worked as a Cross Country Pipeline Rig Welder.
He is a current member of Local 798 Pipeliners Union as well as an executive board member of the Tulsa Section of the American Welding Society. Rod has an Associate of Science degree in Welding Technology and Industry Management from Oklahoma Technical College.
Rod is from Collinsville. He has identical twin sons who are both serving in the US Army. He just became a Grandfather for the first time after the birth of his grandson, enjoys the outdoors, and has a passion for welding even in his spare time.
Patrick Whelpley has been working in higher education for 6 years and enjoys being in this life changing field. Before higher education, he spent 7 years in banking, finance and mortgage industries. A graduate of Southwestern College in Kansas, he is most proud of his two young daughters and being a part of the excellent team here at OTC.