Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a 4th generation Oklahoman; Teresa is the Founder and former CEO of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College which she started in 1995. In the summer of 2015; she converted the colleges from a for-profit corporation, to a public charity, 501(c)(3) called Community HigherEd. Teresa works as an ambassador of the three colleges and serves on the executive board of the nonprofit.
Family life is the best for Teresa! She has three children—Ronnie, Lilliana, and Annabel- and a wonderful husband, Ivan, from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Teresa worked as a dental assistant for 7 years before coming up with the idea of opening a dental assisting school. She believes in the incredible power of career-focused education and wanted to share with others that you don’t have to settle…that you can get out of your situation, no matter how bad it may seem and a rewarding career is the foundation of that change.
Because Teresa deplores drug abuse and how it destroys families, she founded a business called Knox Laboratory Services, a drug and alcohol testing laboratory. Although she sold the business; she is still a huge proponent of drug testing to maintain a clean and safe drug-free workplace and education environment.
Teresa is working in real estate development and historic preservation. She is the landlord of multiple commercial tenants. She is also the owner of the historic Harwelden Mansion and operates an event center and bed and breakfast. She is completing the restoration of The Church Studio and is bringing it back to life as a recording studio, audio engineering school, event center, and entertainment network.
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Teresa is a two-time recipient of Tulsa Economic Development Corp’s “Small Business of the Year” and is a recipient of the Newsmaker Award from AWC. She is a Crystal Star recipient for Entrepreneurial Success. Her businesses have been recognized for “Best Places to Work in Oklahoma,” the President's "National Community Service Honor Roll" multiple A-List and Best in the World lists.
Teresa earned her MBA from Oral Roberts University.