Oasis For Girls is helmed by Jessica Van Tuyl, a committed and experienced youth development professional. Jessica joined Oasis For Girls as Program Manager in January 2008 to coordinate the RISE program and oversee Oasis arts and leadership programming. Since then, Jessica has served as the Director of Programs & Services and Interim Executive Director, ultimately becoming the Executive Director in 2010. Prior to joining Oasis, Jessica worked primarily with LGBTQ youth supporting youth organizing efforts, leading anti-homophobia trainings for school personnel, and providing case management services at the Richmond Village Beacon, GSA Network, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network. In addition, Jessica has worked in the youth employment field, coordinating city government internships at San Francisco YouthWorks. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from Macalester College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
Megan joined Oasis in early 2011 as Program Coordinator for the RISE LifeSkills Education Program. In 2014, she was promoted to Program Manager and then Program Director in 2016, taking on a leadership and supervision role for all three Oasis programs. Before joining Oasis, Megan spent six years in Washington, D.C., working in a variety of organizations serving teenage youth. She worked in program coordination at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, organizing sexual assault prevention programs for youth peer educators, as well as sexual assault awareness community action groups for college students, GLBT adults and communities across the Anacostia River. At Men Can Stop Rape, she co-facilitated Men of Strength violence prevention clubs with high school young men, cultivating male allies to prevent violence against women. She worked at the Young Women’s Project in the Peer Health and Sexuality Education Program, which educates and empowers young women to be peer sexual health educators in DC public school classrooms. She also facilitated a confidential discussion group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students at the GLBTA Resource Center at American University. Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. A Bay Area native, Megan is passionate about youth rights, women’s empowerment, and social justice education.
Mallika joined the Oasis For Girls team as the ENVISION Coordinator after moving to Oakland in the fall of 2015. Prior to the Bay area, she lived in Detroit and dabbled in a variety of roles, from campaign field director to graphic designer and beyond. Most recently, she helped produce the Art X Detroit festival; before that, she worked at the Southwest Solutions Adult Learning Lab, a center providing free adult basic education and ESL classes. Mallika also spent three years facilitating workshops at a juvenile detention center through University of Michigan’s Prison Creative Arts Project and realized she had a real passion for connecting with youth. Mallika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Urban Studies from the University of Michigan. As a child of immigrants and a young woman of color, Mallika wishes she had access to an organization like Oasis For Girls when she was in high school and she is thrilled to help the girls and young women at Oasis For Girls discover their passions and build a path to their dreams.
Crystal joined Oasis for Girls in September of 2015 as the Administrative Assistant. Her previous experience includes working at the Kansas Children’s Service League in the very rewarding position as Website Coordinator helping to match children in need of care with a forever family. She also was an administrative assistant for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas where she enjoyed working closely with students, staff and faculty. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with hopes to continue on to her Master’s degree to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Julia Serbulov Guyadeen is currently Director, Product Management at Gainsight. She has served as Head of Product & Operations for an internet startup and worked for four years with The Reinvestment Fund, a non-profit community development financing institution in Philadelphia. Julia holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Oasis for Girls Advisory Board in May 2013 to help girls discover their potential through education and community.
Stephanie’s experience includes working in real estate private equity in Hong Kong and New York, at Apple, and at a venture capital group in China. Raised in Hong Kong and educated in three different countries, Stephanie is inspired to break down cultural and social barriers between people of her generation. Stephanie’s volunteer experience includes mentoring underprivileged youths, aiding low-income individuals, raising funds for the homeless and tutoring recent immigrants. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Amber Milks is the Director of Global Services Operations at Veeva Systems, a software company for the life sciences industry. She is a recent San Francisco transplant who previously lived and worked in Washington, DC and Columbus, Ohio in both nonprofit and government positions. She has been intensely involved with housing justice and homelessness issues, including working in the Consumer Advocacy division of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention program. Amber has previously worked with high-barrier homeless families to find housing, job skills, and stability. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University.
Kathara Green is currently the Senior Associate of Conference Content at Net Impact, a nonprofit based in the Bay Area that empowers the next generation of leaders to make an impact through their careers. At Net Impact, Kathara builds spaces online and in-person for people to network and learn about topics in social enterprise, corporate impact and international development. Prior to joining Net Impact, Kathara worked at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. She graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Maryam Ghofraniha is the Head of Global Partnerships for LinkedIn’s Social Impact group, LinkedIn For Good (LIFG). She manages LIFG’s relationships with nonprofits, private entities, and government partners across various initiatives with a focus on the youth employment space. In addition, Maryam is also responsible for LinkedIn’s Disaster Response program. Prior to LinkedIn, she led private-public partnerships in emerging markets for Google’s Social Impact group (formerly Google.org) where she launched products that leveraged Google’s technology in the disaster response and environmental sustainability sectors. Maryam co-founded PacHope, a nonprofit aimed at supporting the local San Francisco homeless community. She holds a BA in International Economics and a BA in French Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sadaf H. Minapara was part of the initial cohort of Oasis for Girls in 1999 and joined the Advisory Board in August 2016. She is a Program Manager with Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law. The research center bridges the worlds of scholarship, policy and practice to understand and advance the conditions for just, democratic, and sustainable development around the world. Before coming to Stanford, she worked for One Million Lights, a non-profit organization committed to providing solar LED lights to under-resourced and energy poor communities in the developing world. She lived in New Delhi, India as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow from 2010-2011 at The Energy and Resources Institute, a leading global think-tank and research institute in the field of energy, sustainable development and policy. In Nov. 2015, she launched a small business, Baynisa Blooms, that provides floral products for South Asian weddings in the Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in Political Science and South and Southeast Asian civilization.
Lisa Dacey is the Program Operations Manager for the Population and Reproductive Health program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She was previously at Deloitte Consulting, advising corporate, nonprofit and government clients on business operations, organizational strategy and communications. Lisa also worked for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts in the public affairs group, coordinating communications, media relations and grassroots organizing, building on her work on local and congressional Democratic campaigns. Lisa holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA from McGill University.
Anisha Mocherla is currently with the operations team at Lyft, where she helps unlock growth opportunities and develop best practices to scale efficiently. In the past, she has worked with Education Pioneers, a leading nonprofit in public education and the Center for Microfinance, a research and outreach organization in development economics and finance. Anisha enjoys working with students on college preparation and career exploration. She graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors degree in International Studies in Economics.
Ly Nguyen is the co-founder of Oasis for Girls. Her vision for Oasis was inspired by her experience growing up in San Francisco where she attended public school and Parks and Rec programs. While at Oasis, Ly was inspired to pursue her passion for cultural writing, social justice and community building. Since then, Ly has held management and communications consulting positions with several nonprofit organizations including Kearny Street Workshop, YMCA and the McKesson Foundation. She currently is a Communications Manager with Kaiser Permanente where she supports the mission to bring high quality affordable healthcare to those underserved. She is a recipient of the Daniel E. Koshland award (2000) and UC Santa Cruz (Oakes College) Distinguished Alumni Award (2013) for her community service work.
Jill W. Pfeiffer currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, daughter and son. In Madison, Jill works as the Development Director at Operation Fresh Start. For around 20 years, she has worked at nonprofit organizations that support youth and families. She is passionate about work that helps to create a more equitable community and world.
In 2006, Jill and her family left San Francisco to move back to the Midwest. During her time in San Francisco, Jill was able to make some positive impacts on the city, including co-founding Oasis for Girls and starting up Excelsior Family Connections (a branch of Portola family Connections), a family resource center in the Excelsior district of the city. Along with other community leaders in the South of Market, Jill was the recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Civic Unity Award for her youth development work. Jill is also a practicing artist who creates sculptures and an avid lover of the outdoors.