About San Diego Oasis

San Diego 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 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 current online offerings. 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

Kris Anelli
Office & Volunteer Manager

Amy O’Connor
Director of Operations & Volunteer Programs

Brandon Harding
Director of Lifelong Learning

David Beevers
North County Program Manager

Nancy Hannify
North County Office Manager

Kristen Amicone
Director of Intergenerational Programs

Sydney Folsom
Diversity Outreach Coordinator

Geordyn Coker
Development Manager, Individual Giving

Raul Bernal-Gonzalez
Technology Learning Specialist

Kelly Johnson
Marketing | Design | Web

Cindy Friedenberg
Staff Accountant

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Meet Our Board Members

Krishna Arora
Board Chair

Krishna Arora

Julie Derry
Board Vice Chair

Julie Derry

Michael D. Bardin

Michael D Bardin

Jonathan E. Doering

Jonathon Doering

David Chong
Governance Chair

David Chong

Sue Bradham
Board Member

Sue Bradham

Deni Saxod Carpenter
Board Member

Deni Carpenter

Kathy Gamez
Board Member

Kathy Gamez

Frank Hoffstadt
Board Member

Frank Hoffstadt

Sandra Nimitz Lawhon
Board Member

Sandra Lawhon

Judy Lewis, PhD
Board Member

Judy Lewis

Barbara Noerenberg
Board Member

Barbara Noerenberg

Paul Weiss, PhD
Board Member

Paul Weiss

William H. Wise
Board Member

Judge Bill Wise

Our Advisory Board

Don Ambrose
Sister Mary Jo Anderson
Michelle Candland
Ken Druck, PhD
Peg Eddy

Henry George
Bob Kelly
Maureen King
Jordan Z. Marks, Esq.
Mark Riedy, PhD
Drew Schlosberg

Ellen Schmeding
Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
Deborah Szekely
Charles Van Vechten
William York