3132 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112


Christie saw a need in Oklahoma and collaborated with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering Boards.  Christie is a Master Cosmetology Instructor and a 32 year professional in the beauty industry. She is an Instructor at Oklahoma's first beauty college in a women's prison,   serves in the Stand In the Gap Ministry and as a Celebrate Recovery Leader.

"There is a serious problem in Oklahoma; there are so many incarcerated women and when they are released, most have very little to return to.Some women do not have skills, HS diplomas, families, homes, support, employment, transportation, or money.  They are often met with exorbitant court fees, fines, restitution obligations, back child support, societal negativity and fewer employment choices due to the "'FELON" label: all which are overwhelming and steals their hope for a better future.  According to a News 9 interview with D.O.C. in May 2015, the average recidivism rate is 22%; which means they re-offend and return to prison.  How can they succeed?  We are willing to bridge the gap, teach them the skills, while meeting them at the prison gate to help them return to society as successful re-emergent tax paying citizens."

What We Do


​The R.I.S.E. PROGRAM INC. is an I.R.S. recognized 501c3 non-profit organization which teaches Oklahoma's incarcerated women the vocational skills of Cosmetology. (With no cost to the women, their families, state tax dollars, or Federal grants or loans). YES, FREE OF CHARGE.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT:  Our mission is to provide a complete education in the Cosmetology field, free of charge, to women who are currently incarcerated, while assisting them in obtaining their Oklahoma State Board Cosmetology license, job placement, housing, clothing, transportation, and recovery support prior to their re-entry into society as successful re-emergent citizens, in an effort to lower current recidivism rates and help women change their lives after prison.



SIERRA BLUNDELL

Master Cosmetology And Barber Instructor

Sierra is the office manager of the resource center and is the social media coordinator. 


Meet Our Staff


EMILY GARGONE

Founder / Executive Director Master Cosmetology Instructor

​Executive Administrative Assistant 

​ "I do believe this facility will provide a tremendous service and opportunity to the individuals incarcerated at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.  This in turn, will service the State of Oklahoma by preparing those individuals for better job opportunities."

                                -Sherry G. Lewelling 

 Executive Director, Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering

About


R.I.S.E Program Inc 

(405)772-7443

CHRISTIE LUTHER

Emily is a valued Instructor, both in Cosmetology and Barbering with years of experience.  She drives two (2) hours each way to come and teach. **Now that's dedication.  She is loved by the students and brings amazing creativity to the classroom. She is currently self employed at a salon in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  Emily cultivates new trends and brings current topics to the students in her imaginative lessons. Her skills are exemplary and we love that she brings brilliance and Barbering Education to our program.