Year-Round Staff

Operations

Bernie Tessler: CEO

A teacher and psychologist turned entrepreneur and executive, Bernie Tessler has over 25 years of leadership experience with companies that provide services to children and families. Prior to joining Oasis, Bernie was a founding partner of Epic Partners, a consulting/banking firm that focuses exclusively on helping companies in the education and training industry. He served as the acting CEO of Saint Eustatius School of Medicine, a fully accredited medical school. He joined Epic after serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Liberty Travel, the largest travel agency in the country with more than 200 locations nationwide. Bernie's accomplishments include the creation of two successful educational product and service companies that became publicly traded, Enchanted Village and Children's Creative Workshop. He also completed a $150 million leverage buyout of Kidsmart where he subsequently served as Chairman and Chief Executive of this retail chain with over 375 locations. Bernie is also a former Director of K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations), a national foundation made up of leading executives from the education and children's services industry. He holds a BS in Education and an MS in Psychology from Long Island University.

Cristina Junquera: Director of Operations

Cristina began her career with Oasis in 2003, taking a 3-year hiatus in 2010 to work for a charter school. A St. Louis University graduate, Cristina's diverse professional experiences include: the Puerto Rico Tourism Company; an after-school and summer program for middle school students in San Francisco; a boutique PR firm in Manhattan; charter schools; and after-school programs and summer camps in Brooklyn. Her love for operations started during the summer of 2003 while working as the Director of Operations at Oasis in Brownsville -- 10 years later she continues to enjoy working in this field. An avid supporter of biking, Cristina bikes to work every day, and in her spare time, she can be found spending quality time with her friends, wife, toddler and two dogs, or trying out a new restaurant in Brooklyn.

John Balliet: Office and Systems Manager

John started working at Oasis in May, 2013 as the Operations and Systems Manager. His previous experience includes working for Berlitz Languages for nearly ten years in many different roles, ultimately including Acting Director of their Lower Manhattan location. Having grown up on a farm in rural, historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he moved to the big city (New York!) to attend NYU, where he majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies with a concentration in languages. John is currently pursuing certification to teach Latin and Social Studies at the high school level. When not keeping the office organized or driving to a camp location, John spends much of his time running a housing cooperative, which also includes renovating a land-marked house from 1854. He collects records, 8-tracks, vintage electronics, and mid-century modern furniture. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, cooking and taking weekend trips out of the city. He is a member of several cooperative organizations.

Michael Schlank: Organizational Development / Executive Vice President

Michael joined Oasis in 2005 after spending the early part of his professional career working on a wide range of local, national, and international public policy issues. His past work experience includes time spent as a spokesperson, political aide, and fundraiser for several political campaigns. His professional background also includes work as a Strategic Planning and Communications Consultant. With over 15 years of experience in residential camping, Michael became a teacher and a Camp Director for Oasis in 2005. Michael served as an Oasis Camp Director for three summers before being named Long Island Regional Director. Michael holds a BA from SUNY Albany and graduate degrees from LIU, Hofstra University, and Stony Brook University. Michael's work in Technology in Education and Curriculum Design has been recognized by several professional organizations, and he led his faculty committee in drafting a successful United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School application. Michael is active in his community as a youth sports coach and serves on the Executive Committee of Midway Jewish Center. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife and two wonderful children.

Rashiem O'Connor: Director of Funded Programs

Rashiem began his career with Oasis as a seasonal employee in June of 2010 at the Brooklyn/TWU camp site where he managed the site's daily camp operations. In September of 2010 Rashiem was brought on full time to focus on the overall operations of Oasis' Funded Programs. Rashiem has been part of the Youth Development field his entire professional career. Beginning at St. Luke's Day Camp in the Bronx, Rashiem worked as a group leader for 3 years before joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo where he served for 6 years as a manager of several of its after school and summer programs. Rashiem attended The State University of New York College at Buffalo where he majored in Individualized Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education and Athletic Coaching. Outside of Oasis, you can find Rashiem at church directing one of the church choirs, spending time with family and friends, enjoying a good movie or a good meal.

Human Resources

Genna Koral: Director of Staffing

Genna joined the Oasis team in October 2013. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of Miami in 2010 and her M.S.Ed in School Psychology from Brooklyn College in 2012. Genna is a lifetime camp person, having attended ten years of both day camp and sleep away camp, and has worked in camps every summer since high school. In her free time, Genna enjoys watching movies, managing her fantasy football team, traveling, and trying new restaurants. Genna is excited to be getting married this coming Fall 2015!!

Max Claman: Director of Organizational Development

Max joined Oasis in 2013, having been a part of the camping industry on a seasonal basis for the previous six years. Max received his Bachelor's in Education, as well as a Master's in Sport Management, both from The Ohio State University. Max has additional work experience in after-school programming, coaching, and intercollegiate athletics, and is excited to "go back to camp" on a full-time basis.

Marketing

Cary Suarez: Director of Family Relations/ Director of Operations at Oasis in Central Park

Cary has worked with Oasis as a seasonal employee since 2008, serving as the Operations Director for the Oasis in Bayside (2010), Oasis in Brooklyn Bridge Park (2015) and Oasis in Central Park (2016) summer day camps. She also worked as the Human Resources Assistant in Summer 2011. As of Fall 2011, she joined the Oasis team as the Marketing and Family Relations Manager. Cary received both her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, and her Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from SUNY Stony Brook. When she's not at camp or on the phone with her camp families, you can find Cary at home cooking and baking. In her spare time, Cary enjoys traveling, reading, crocheting, working out and playing board games with friends and family.

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