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The Oasis Team

U.S. Staff

Kevin Potter- Interim Executive Director & Project Director

Kevin and his family have been involved in urban integrated community development for the last 20 years.  For several years he and his family lived in India, where they helped develop an AIDS care community for women and children from the slums and red light areas of Mumbai. In the UK he was the founding director of The Mustard Tree Foundation, a Christian organization helping resource the integrated needs of the urban poor. He and his wife are pastors at large with Christian Growth International and they have been involved in various spiritual community/church beginnings. Previous to moving to Los Angeles County, Kevin assisted a non-profit which focused on Ciudad Juaréz in Mexico. Currently he and his family are living in Pasadena, CA.

Melissa Odotei - TFC & Grants Manager

Melissa is a macro social worker who focuses on program management, development, systems thinking and strategic planning.  Using experience she gained at International Justice Mission, Oxfam America, and Emmanuel Gospel Center, Melissa facilitates volunteer and internship opportunities for individuals who want to engage more deeply with Oasis USA, provides training and supports development efforts through grant writing, while also supporting the administrative functions of Oasis USA.  While living in Boston, MA, Melissa received her MSW from Boston College and met her husband Odoi.  She, Odoi, and their son live in Pasadena, CA.

U.S. Staff Based Internationally

Scott & Shelton Oakley Hersey - Oasis in South Africa

Two new additions to the South Africa team! Shelton recently completing an MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary, and Scott a PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering from Caltech. With a passion for youth development and at-risk children, Shelton will primarily be working at Let's Go Jozi, the downtown Johannesburg site that focuses on assisting youth and young adults with academic/job training and co-op endeavors. Scott will be a member of the team as a layperson while doing research at North-West University outside Jo'burg.  His focus is on how air pollution interacts with clouds and affects climate, and the impacts of pollution on vulnerable populations surrounding the city.

Jerry Johnson - Oasis in Zimbabwe

While pursuing a BA in Sociology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Jerry took a year off to do missions work in the Philippines and Hong Kong. Afterwards, he received a MA in Intercultural Studies & Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. While attending Fuller, he helped support and establish the work of Oasis USA,  supported a number of global bases, and worked in the area of advocacy and awareness of Human Trafficking. Jerry joined Oasis Zimbabwe team in 2009 and has spent his time there working primarily with the Tanaka Project, which helps girls (ages 11-18) who are either vulnerable or living and working on the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe. The Tanaka team supports vulnerable girls and their families through life skills, income-generating activities and vocational skills training as well as providing holistic rehabilitation (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually) and reunifying them with their biological or foster care families.  

Tiffany Dozier -  Oasis in India

Tiffany received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminology and knowing she wanted to help defend and protect the vulnerable, she moved to New York City to become a police officer in the NYPD, South Bronx. After seven years as a police officer and obtaining her Master’s in Public Administration, Tiffany left her job in the NYPD to follow God’s call to fight human trafficking in South Asia. Since 2012 she has worked to bring rescue and rehabilitation to victims and to see that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions. Over the past two years she has gotten to see God work in amazing ways to bring about rescue to over 500 people.  She is now based with Oasis in India and continues her work in fighting human trafficking and is excited to see all that God will do in the years to come.

Contact info@oasisusa.org for intern and staff opportunities