Bryan Day is the new President of Community HigherEd Institute (CHEI) which includes Community Care College, Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College.
Mr. Day served as the Chief Executive Officer for 17 years at Oklahoma’s largest inpatient / outpatient addiction / behavioral health treatment center. His leadership provided documented competencies to expand services, revenue and the number of employees by 300% during his tenure while successfully maintaining stringent accreditations through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities (ODMHSAS), Joint Commission (JCAHO), and the Commission of Accredited Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Additionally, the organization developed and managed multi-million dollar contracts during his tenure with the Veterans Administration (VA), Native American tribes including the Cherokee Nation, and Muscogee Creek Nation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and many others.
Mr. Day has developed and managed successful collaborative programs with higher education including the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University (OSU). These included the development of ACGME accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowships and residencies. He has developed and managed public / private community partnerships with both the City of Tulsa and State of Oklahoma designed to improve outcomes, public safety and reduce costs.
Mr. Day has served on multiple Boards, Governance Councils, and community based collaboration initiatives including serving as one of nine founding members of the Alliance of Mental Health Professionals Board of Directors; the Board of Directors of Oklahoma Substance Abuse Service Alliance as the Legislative Chair for the statewide membership; and as Past Chair of the Governance Council, A Way Home for Tulsa including service as the Continuum of Care representative and Tulsa Mayor appointee for the HUD Development Committee Tulsa.
Mr. Day has successfully led and completed multi-million dollar capital campaigns. Additionally, he has raised millions of charitable dollars through grant writing and fundraising events. Mr Day’s leadership history also encompasses over twenty years as the Chief Executive and proven, successful business owner in ‘for profit’ publishing and retail ventures in Oklahoma.
Since 1994, Bryan and his wife, Connie, have lived on the outskirts of Sapulpa, near Pretty Water Lake. They attend First Presbyterian Church in Sapulpa and enjoy traveling to beautiful places, antiquing, attending concerts, and giving back to the community through a wide variety of charities.
Campus Director and Director of Education
Christina Jones grew up outside Atlanta, Georgia where she graduated from Dunwoody High School (1995). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee in 2000. She continued her passion for education by earning a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee (2010) and a M.B.A in Educational Leadership (2015) from Bethel University.
In 2010, Mrs. Jones began teaching with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Criminal Justice Department and worked with the Women’s Center to address and educate on campus inequalities. She then transitioned to Delta Career Education where she served in a variety of capacities including Instructor, Program Director, Director of Education, Career Services Director and Campus Director. Since her time with the Delta, Mrs. Jones has continued to serve in similar capacities with other organizations including Education Corporation of America, Education Futures Group, SAE and South College. Most recently Mrs. Jones served in a dual role with Interactive College of Technology as the Director of Compliance and Campus Director where she was accountable for overseeing campus operations, two reaccreditation visits and both state and national accreditation components for seven campuses in three states.
Mrs. Jones’ passion for people and the community extends beyond the classroom. She has worked on a non-profit grant addressing and creating a law surrounding Elder Abuse in Tennessee. The grant, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice involved writing curriculum and training first responders around the Chattanooga, TN area. She cultivated relationships with the Hamilton County, TN Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s offices where she was able to obtain P.O.S.T. approval for the curriculum. Additionally, she has served as a stakeholder and participant with Project Homeless, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, The American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes.
In her spare time, Mrs. Jones, her husband David and four kids (Miah, Alexxa, Adan and Melanie), enjoy traveling, working in the yard, skydiving and playing with their two cats Daikin and Lennox. On a chilly Saturday fall afternoon, you will most likely find her cheering on her favorite team, The Tennessee Volunteers.
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.
Diesel Technology Department Head
Bob Allen has over 40 years of experience in the Diesel and Automotive Fields after spending 6 years in the Army during the Vietnam era, he came home to a short term of racing about anything with enough power. His favorite hobby was racing boats ‘Crazy, right? but after his two daughters came along, he decided to quit the fun and settle down. He has held management positions throughout the commercial vehicle industry for more than 35 years and has training as an applications engineer, allowing him to design and build a vehicle from scratch if needed. During his 40-year career, he has designed and built various types of equipment for oil field customers, such as Schlumberger Oil Field Services, an almost 25-year relationship. In his latter 15 years until his retirement in 2009 designed and built armored protected vehicles having the most advanced armor protection. ‘The Golan, ’ a vehicle built in Israel for the IDF, took eleven months of living in Tel Aviv, and he is sure glad his wife was used to such away events. But the most important vehicle built during his career was the MRAP (mine-resistant armor protected) which became the US Military’s armored protected vehicle in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect US warfighters.
He has traveled to many places in the world, exotic and not so exotic, including an adventure to the northern part of Siberia in the winter when it was -45 deg. outside. Memorable, yes, but not his favorite; Israel has that spot in his heart. He has started and incorporated churches, served on boards, and ministered as pastor, bible teacher, and youth pastor. And has written several Christian books. Bob stays as busy writing and blogging as instructing at OTC. He and his wife have two daughters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and live in Broken Arrow; he enjoys camping with the whole family and, in his spare time, spends it with the grand and great-grandkids.
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.
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.
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.
Career Services Manager
Charmaine holds degrees in both Cosmetology and her Associates of Medical Billing & Coding. She began her career at Community Care College in 2020 as the Coordinator for both the Medical Billing & Coding and Healthcare Administration programs. Charmaine quickly developed a passion for helping graduates of those programs find employment in their field of choice. She quickly found a passion for helping others achieve their goals!
In early 2021 Charmaine joined Career Services to help all Distance Education graduates with employment opportunities. She thrives on creating an individualized experience for each graduate, knowing they all have different needs and goals. She’s a natural at relationship building.
In 2023 Charmaine became one of the instructors for Career Life and Development ( CLD ). She is now the manager for all three campuses for Career Services as well as the CLD instructor for all online.
In her spare time, Charmaine enjoys swimming, camping, crafting, and spending time with her family. Her number one role, though? Being a mom to her two beautiful kiddos!