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 12 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
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 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.
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.
HVAC/R Department Head
Micheal attended Tulsa Tech in 2010 where he obtained his certificate in HVAC/R. Micheal then went on to graduate 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 owns his own heat and air company, Reliable Air LLC. Micheal is an avid outdoorsman, when not working you will find him hunting or fishing!
Welding Department Head
Rod Riggs has 17 years of experience in the Welding Field and retired from the US Navy after 20 years of service. During his 17 years as a Professional Code Welder, he has worked in multiple Fabrication Shops as well as field welding and most recently worked all over the U.S. as a Cross Country Pipeline/Rig Welder.
Rod has an Associate of Science degree in Welding Technology and Industry
Management from Oklahoma Technical College. He is also an Executive board
member of the Tulsa Section of the American Welding Society. Rod has been at OTC for the past nine years, serving as the Welding Department Head for six of those years.
Rod is from Catoosa. He has identical twin sons who are both serving in the U.S. Army. He is a grandfather with three grandchildren and another on the way. Rod enjoys the outdoors and has a passion for welding even in his spare time.
Admissions Team Leader
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.
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.