About San Diego Oasis

Oasis is a unique educational program for adults 50+ who want to continue to learn and be productive throughout life. Membership is free and open to anyone 50 or older. Join Oasis and enjoy stimulating classes and opportunities to serve your community.

Simona photo June 2018

Simona Valanciute, President and CEO

The mission of San Diego Oasis is to ensure that adults age 50+ have opportunities to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives. We seek to positively impact their lives through partnerships to share knowledge, offer evidence- and research-based programs, conduct evaluations and adapt to meet the needs of diverse audiences. Our approach includes the following key areas:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Involvement through intergenerational programs

Our team is thrilled to present to you our Autumn with Oasis 2019. Take a look at our Fall 2109 catalog. In the pages you will find exciting opportunities to participate in classes, lectures, discussion groups, performances, trips, off-site adventures, and mentoring children in our community through our intergenerational tutoring program.

Our Team

Simona Valanciute
President and CEO

Jolyn Parker
VP External Relations

Sarah Beaupré
Development Associate

David Beevers
Program Manager, North County

John Dunnicliff
Tutoring Coordinator

Brandon Harding
Director of Lifelong Learning, La Mesa

Amy O’Connor
Office & Volunteer Manager

Kelly Johnson
Executive Assistant | Marketing Coordinator

Meet our Board Members

Deni Saxod Carpenter

Deni Carpenter

Board Chair

Biography

Krishna Arora

Krishna Arora

Governance Chair

Biography

Judy Lewis

Judy Lewis
Secretary

Biography

Michael D. Bardin 

Michael D Bardin

Board Chair

Biography

David Chong

David Chong

Board Member

Biography

Julie Derry

Julie Derry

Board Member

Biography

Jonathan E. Doering

Jonathon Doering
Board Member

Biography

Kathy Gamez

Kathy Gamez

Board Member

Biography

William York

Bill York

Board Member

Biography

Sandra Nimitz Lawhon

Sandra Lawhon
Board Member

Biography

William H. Wise

Judge Bill Wise

Board Member

Biography

Paul Weiss, PhD

Paul Weiss

Board Member

Biography

Our Advisory Board

Sister Mary Jo Anderson
Sally Wong Avery
Peg Eddy
Henry George
Bob Kelly
Maureen King
Jordan Z. Marks, Esq.
Mark Riedy
Ellen Schmeding
Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
Deborah Szekely
Charles Van Vechten