Oasis in Union


Introducing the Oasis in Union Staff!




Nicholas Cano

Aquatics Director

Nick is very excited to be returning to Oasis for his 9th summer and 4th summer as an Aquatics Director.  Nick has a wide array of experiences working in aquatics.  He has taught students as young as 3 months old in parent-and-me classes to adults who were part of a Master Swim program working on improving their time, endurance and technique.  During the School year, Nick is a School Counselor in Passaic County.  Nick loves working with children because he finds it very rewarding and loves the feeling when he helps a student master a new technique, whether it be blowing bubbles, treading water, etc.  



Alexis Ferguson

Operations Director

Hi Oasis families! My name is Alexis and I am the Director of Operations here at Oasis in Union! I’m a recent Rutgers University graduate who double majored in Psychology and Exercise Science, and is now looking to obtain my Ph.D in the upcoming years. This is my 2nd year at Oasis and I’m sure that you’ll fall in love with our camp as much as I did! I’m an avid Netflix watcher, but I also love to travel and go on adventures. My favorite movie?… well I don’t really have a favorite, but anything DC/Marvel related will do. If I had to choose someone to play me in a movie about my life, I’d choose Gabrielle Union. She’s literally awesome. Well, I hope to see you all soon!



Donna Jones

Health Director

This is Nurse Donna Jones. I am a School Nurse who attended Brandeis University many years ago and graduated from Bloomfield College in 1999 as a RN, with a minor in Sociology. I don't really have much time for hobbies, but I play the flute and was very fortunate to play at Carnegie Hall many moons ago.I crochet and jump double dutch, for which I actually won trophies. My favorite movie is "Miracle on 34th St" (1947). Famous Actress who would play me in a movie: Angela Bassett because she seems very grounded.





Erick Abinader

My name is Erick Abinader and I am a student at Syracuse University! I am currently in the architecture school, but am also a part of the running club. I enjoy traveling and doing adventurous activities such as skiing and hiking. I've been to the oldest church in Spain and the Alps in Germany and I hope to do much more in the future. If i had to chose, my favorite movie would be The Conjuring and the actor who would play me in a movie about my life would most likely be Paul Rudd.



Syndi Fernando

My name is Syndi Fernando. I’m going to be a Junior at Montclair State University as a Family and Child Studies major and I aspire to be an Elementary School teacher in the near future. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, tennis, basketball and most importantly, I love spending time and making memories with my friends. A fun fact about me is that I have a huge obsession for buying and doing make-up. I am also a huge music and movie fanatic; one of my all time favorite movies is Titanic. If I could choose any actress to portray me in a movie about my life, it would be Priyanka Chopra because she is one of the most talented actresses I can think of. I can relate to her and the characters she plays on multiple levels so I think she’d be perfect.  As a new Oasis camp counselor, I can’t wait for you to get to know me and I can’t wait to get to know you.


Nelson Kelly

Right now I am a rising junior at the College of New Jersey, and I’m studying history and education to one day be a high school history teacher. At school I’m a radio DJ and Assistant Music Director for our campus radio station, WTSR, and I have a weekly show where I spin new and underground alternative music. In my free time I’m either reading or playing bass, and I play in a few different bands with my friends. As a history-lover I’d have to say my favorite movie is Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and I’d want either Keanu Reeves to play me (because that would be hilarious and he would definitely do me justice).




Myka Mayers-Knight

Hi everyone! My name is Myka, and I go to the Pennsylvania State University and I’m graduating in the spring of 2017! I'm 20 years old and my favorite thing to do is explore. A fun fact about me is that I like to watch HGTV to get inspired. My favorite movie is Pitch Perfect, and the actress I would want to play in a movie about my life is like Taraji P. Henson.




Jessica Odoom

Hello, Oasis Campers & Families! My name is Jessica Odoom and I am 20-years-old. I have two younger brothers, one of whom is my twin. I am currently majoring in Nursing to become a Pediatric Nurse. My favorite movie is, “Mean Girls.” A famous actress that I would love to play in a movie about my life would be, Taraji P Henson. My hobbies include: shopping, spending time with my friends, and trying food from different restaurants. Looking forward to making great memories with you all this summer at camp!


David Paul

My name is David Paul and I am a doer of many things. I have a huge heart so with my many skills comes many passions. Some things include, teaching, problem solving, writing, playing music, singing, acting, socializing, having fun... As a doer of many things, it can sometimes get confusing. So I created a brief explanation of what I can do; If you need a mechanic, with my diverse skill sets I would not be able to help. If a stunt actor is needed, with my acting expertise I would not be able to assist in any way (that stuff is dangerous). I enjoy being present in the moment and I do tend to find out I can do something once I try.

Emma Schroh

My name is Emma Schroh, and I am from Warwick, New York. I am 18 and will be attending the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in the fall. At the University of Hartford I plan on majoring in Graphic Design. Some of my hobbies include hiking, painting, and playing with my dog Darcy.



Shalorah Trenchfield

Hello !

Nickname: Lori or Lorah

- College: Kean University - Major: Global Fitness & Wellness ; Physical Education B.S .

My hobbies are running, painting and taking long walks. My favorite movies are “Love don't cost a thing” and “ Dear John” .  I am currently a student at Kean University and I'm majoring in Global Fitness & Wellness; Physical Education. In today's society a lot of kids are lacking information on being Physically fit & well. I like working with kids because I LOVE their energy and their enthusiasm



Melania Verzbickis

Hi! My name is Melania Verzbickis, and I am 20 years old. I was born in Mendoza, Argentina, but I have lived in New Jersey for the last 14 years. I have one sister, Catalina, who lives in Elizabeth, and another, Julia, who lives in San Antonio, Texas.  It won’t be long until someone decides to chronicle my life in a movie, at which point I would like someone to notify Selena Gomez’s people that she can play me, if she’s interested. My favorite quote is “attitude reflects leadership,” which incidentally is from my favorite movie, Remember the Titans. On my spare time, I like to binge-watch Supernatural and eat enough to feed a person twice my size. My current record is ten empanadas in one sitting. If anyone wants to challenge that number, let me know and we can set something up.


Program Instructors



Melanie Calantropio

I studied Anthropology at Drew University and like to write poetry, paint and do yoga in my free time. I also like spending time with friends, going to concerts and small dogs in tiny raincoats. My favorite kind of movies have happy endings and i'd want both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to play me in a movie about my life.


Jennifer Fuentes

Hey there! My name Jennifer Fuentes, but everyone calls me Jenn. I will be the yoga and volleyball instructor! I am currently 20 years old. I live in Maryland to pursue my dream career in the Information Technology field at Towson University.  I am a jersey girl and I return home on breaks to Piscataway! I am very friendly, passionate, lovable, and authentic lady. I love making people happy and I'm always spreading good vibes! I am a geek at heart, so I love all the Harry Potter movies from the first one to the last. Another one of my favorites is the Notebook, Dark Knight, and White Chicks. If I had a celebrity play my life in a movie, I would pick Jennifer Lopez. I hope to see everyone soon.



Gabrielle Nilla

Hi guys! I’m super excited to be returning to Oasis this year as lifeguard and music instructor. I’m currently a music education major at Kean University. During the year I teach piano and trumpet lessons at Sam Ash in Springfield. I love bike riding, swimming and going on adventures with friends. Also, I love all the marvel movies and television shows. If a movie about my life were made, I would want Amber Marshall (Amy Flemming) of Heartland to play my character.  I can’t wait to be reunited with all of her friends from Oasis and beat everyone at “ball-ball!”  



Rob Perez

Hi my name is Rob Perez.  I'm from Clark, NJ.  I had two exciting opportunities to choose from this summer: to tour with the band Pearl Jam or be a camp instructor as Oasis.  Of course I chose Oasis!  I graduated from Rowan University with degrees in History and Subject Matter Teaching.  I am a music fanatic.  I spend countless hours listening to all different types of music and I can play the guitar, piano, and trumpet.  I enjoy playing tennis, baseball, ping pong, and roller hockey.  I love video games and old, expensive sport cars.  I would drive my DeLorean to work every day, but I don't want it to be sitting in the parking lot cooking all day under the hot sun.  My favorite movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark, but I also really like Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, and the Dark Knight.  In all honesty I think I was born in the wrong era.  I love the 80s, especially the music and movies from that time. Two of my favorite places are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame.  My favorite actor of all time is Harrison Ford, so it would be fitting for a young, spy Harrison to play me in a movie about my life.  I'm really looking forward to working with everyone at Oasis Camp this summer.



Omar Pina Rodriguez

Hey there! My name is Omar, I will be one of the Lifeguard/Swim instructors this year at Oasis Camp. This will be my second year at the camp. Some of my hobbies include running, for various reasons, one of them being because it’s a rigorous hobby that requires dedication and training. I ran track & field as well as Cross Country in High School and Enlisted in the Marine Reserves upon graduating from High School. I have a wonderful family and beautiful dog (Maya). I’m a firm believer in working hard and never quitting and that teamwork makes the dream work. I’m a huge fan of superhero movies (who isn’t?) but quite possibly the best movie I’ve seen is Seven Pounds with Will Smith. In Terms of an actor who resembles my characteristics, I would have to say that Robert Downey Jr. fits the role of being able to play me in a movie about myself because of his wittiness and intelligence


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