Oasis Board of Directors
Joyce Wang - Board Chair - Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP - California
Joyce is a Southern California native, but did her undergraduate and graduate studies in the Berkeley and San Francisco areas. She received her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1985, and has been practicing commercial litigation for over 25 years. She and her husband Mike live in the Bay Area and have two college-age daughters. She has served on the board of Baker Places, Inc., a non-profit that provides residences and services to adults with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS related issues. Joyce joined the Oasis USA board because she believes in its community-based approach to ending trafficking here in the U.S. and is excited about the work Oasis does internationally.
Andy Matheson - Board Member - Oasis Global, International Director - U.K.
In the 1990s Andy pioneered work for Oasis among street children in India, individuals who were ostracized from their communities because of their HIV status, and girls trafficked into prostitution. Over the past 10 years he has led the growth of the organization across the world. He is the author of ‘In His Image: Understanding and Embracing the Poor’ which is already being widely promoted as an important expression of what holistic mission is about. He speaks in churches, conferences, and leads seminars around the world on the subjects of both holistic mission and leadership. Andy is married with three grown children and is a keen sportsman and an avid reader, and currently lives in south London.
Meritt Sawyer - Board Member - Paul Carlson Fellowship - California
Meritt is dedicated to medical and economic development in the Congo (DRC) as Executive Director for the Paul Carlson Partnership affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. She has given executive leadership to non-profit organizations for over thirty years as the International Program Director for Langham Partnership International, Vice President of John Stott Ministries, and co-founder of FACT (global leadership), and in additiona to Oasis has been on the boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Able Works. Her passion for local initiatives that seek to empower the poor and marginalized were captured by Oasis USA and its organic, community-based approach for TraffickFree communities. She and her husband, Steve, have three grown children (and a brand new son-in-law!) and live in the Bay Area.
Judy Vick - Board Treasurer - Deloitte - Ohio
Judy received her B.A. in Accounting from Ohio University and has been with Deloitte for over 20 years, currently as a Director in Deloitte Tax’s U.S./India Leadership group. She is active in the community beyond Oasis with Young Life, Fishing Has No Boundaries and as an elder in her church. Judy, her husband two sons live in Fairfield, Ohio. Judy is attracted to Oasis because of its mission to treat everyone as God’s creation, working to provide a safe life for each person to grow and flourish. She wants to use her knowledge and education in finances to meet not-for-profit reporting obligations and, working with the Executive team and Board, provide comfort to contributors that their funds are being well spent to further the work of Oasis.
Janet Labberton - Board Member - California
Janet recently moved to Southern California to join her husband in his work as the President of Fuller Seminary. As lifelong Bay Area residents their two adult sons are looking forward to visiting their parents in Pasadena. She just took early-retirement from a 20 year career as a public high school English and Public Speaking teacher, where she worked hard to creatively get teens to connect cultural and interpersonal questions with their readings and speeches. When a 16 year old female Berkeley High School student died and the investigation showed she was trafficked from India to work as a slave in Berkeley, Janet wanted to get involved as a Christian to shed light on this growing domestic problem, specifically amongst high school students. Janet's involvement with IJM for the past 10 years led to her interest in the TFCs that Oasis is establishing.
Paul Hong-Lange - Thrivent Financial - California
Paul is a Southern California native living in the Greater LA area with his wife and daughter. He is passionate about developing strategic programs that help everyday people change the world for good. Currently, Paul sees this out in his work in Long Term Development at Thrivent Financial, designing and testing ways to better engage Thrivent members with their mission. Prior to Thrivent, Paul worked for Oasis USA first as a Program Director, and then as Executive Director. He joined the board of directors because he believes in Oasis' grassroots approach to fulfilling the vision of end human trafficking one community at a time - that when we each do our part we will eradicate modern day slavery in all it's forms.
Dot is British, currently living in Pennsylvania and is married with three young adult daughters. Her work experience has included high school teaching, church staff positions and consultancy work in international development. From 2004 to 2007 she worked at Geneva Global where she organized and managed the Human Liberty Sector, accounting for $6.5 million in grants to 150 grassroots organizations. Her interest in ways to combat human trafficking at a community level grew through visiting international projects. In 2012 Dot devised a high school curriculum on human trafficking providing her a clear picture of human trafficking within the US. Dot become a board member because of the two-fold vision to encourage a community-based response to human trafficking here in the US and raising support for community led international projects.
Board of Reference
Brian McLaren - Author/Speaker/Activist - www.brianmclaren.net
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. His dozen-plus books include A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, Naked Spirituality, and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? He and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children and three granddaughters. He's an avid wildlife and outdoors enthusiast who believes God's first language is this amazing universe. Brian has been friends with Oasis' founder Steve Chalke for many years,
loves the work he is doing in the UK, and is excited to help Oasis grow in the U.S.