Meet our Board of Directors
Hank George, Board Chair
serves as a lecturer at San Diego OASIS. His lectures include archaeology, anthropology, history, and religion. Hank was born in La Paz, Bolivia where his father was working as a mining engineer. At age nine Hank moved to California. Hank earned a degree in Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and enjoyed a career as Chief Engineer at Kiewit Co., focused on heavy construction industry throughout the Southwest. Following retirement from this 30-year career, Hank returned to college to obtain a Master’s Degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Arizona State University. Hank enjoyed archaeological field work in Arizona, Romania, Israel and Jordan as well as teaching archaeology in the Maricopa Community College system in Arizona. Hank has been married to Alta for 47 years and has three adult sons and four grandchildren. He lives in Del Mar and, besides his service at San Diego OASIS, is a ministry leader at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Hank is an avid swimmer and golfer.
George Chamberlin, Board Treasurer,
is the Executive Editor for the Daily Transcript, the business editor for KOGO Radio, and host of “Money in the Morning”, a personal finance program held on Sundays. In addition, he is the Money Advisor for NBC 7/39. George is the publisher and editor of Investing for Rookies. He has been honored three times by the Small Business Administration as the Media Advocate of the Year. George’s financial career started on Wall Street, where he worked his way up to vice president positions with two major Wall Street firms for 15 years, but he gave that up to return to his first love, broadcasting. "When people ask me if I'm a stockbroker I tell them no, I'm in a recovery program.” George fell in love with radio back in the 1960s when he started out as a disc jockey. George has lived in San Diego for over 30 years and has been contributing to the community, including board service, speaking engagements and serving as master of ceremonies. Besides George’s board service at San Diego OASIS, he has been involved with San Marcos Boys & Girls Club and New Haven. George’s wife Terry and daughter Sara run a hair salon together; son Tom works in the technology industry. George is a proud grandfather to three grandchildren.
Jolyn Parker, Board Secretary
, brings more than 30 years of strategic visioning, marketing, and business development experience. Jolyn has held executive leadership roles in the nonprofit sector, retail industry and higher education. She is currently a principal of OrganizationallyFit, a firm that helps nonprofits plan for the future. Jolyn has been actively involved in charitable organizations locally and nationally, including Community Health Improvement Partners, Barrio Logan College Institute, San Diego Hospice, Rady Children’s Hospital, Monarch School, San Diego Women’s Foundation, Ronald McDonald Houses in Michigan, Kansas, and Ohio as well as Chicago Historical Society, Urban Gateways of Chicago, Urban League, U.S.O, Big Brothers/Sisters, Special Olympics. Jolyn was named “Brightest Star” by Cleveland Magazine for her work in the Cleveland community. Jolyn holds a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Non Profit Management and an AAS in Buying and Merchandising from the State University of New York as well as a Certificate from The College for the Distributive Trades, College of London, England. Jolyn is married to William, a business organizational fitness consultant. She is a proud mother of an accomplished daughter who is an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and an admiring daughter of her father who is an original Tuskegee Airman.
Krishna Arora is a retired engineer, holding degrees in electrical and systems engineering as well as computer science. He was fortunate to join Irwin Jacobs’s Qualcomm team early on where he retired as a Director of Engineering in 2002. Post retirement, Krishna and wife, Bonnie, have been traveling the world and making a difference in local and international communities through philanthropy. Locally, Krishna teaches a weekly class at the Braille Institute in San Diego and is a very active member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. A lifelong learner, Krishna spent two years researching and publishing a genealogy book of 700+ pages on his ancestry in India dating back to 1703. Bonnie and Krishna have honored their spiritual and cultural roots by completing a Hindu pilgrimage, which took them to the four corners of India, and a Catholic pilgrimage, which took them on a 1000 mile walk along the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain.
Deni Saxod Carpenter was raised and educated in both Tijuana and San Diego. Upon graduating from SDSU, Deni began a teaching career in San Diego. After a few years away in Washington DC, Deni re-settled in San Diego and co-founded Saxod Enterprises, a firm specializing in language instruction, translation services, interpreting services and business and cultural introductions in the Mexican marketplace. She established strong community ties, including board service on The Old Globe, Copley YMCA, Children’s Home Society, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Balboa Park Trust Committee at The San Diego Foundation. Deni is married to Ken Carpenter, a San Diego biomedical entrepreneur. Deni is a proud mother of a daughter who is an interior designer in Mexico City and a son who is a Vice President at SDG&E. She enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren, international travel and spending time at her second home in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Patricia Gilbert, Network and Civic Engagement Director for The OASIS Institute, has 30 years experience in education and non-profit management, with 20-plus years at OASIS focused on developing and implementing initiatives to promote successful aging for adults age 50-plus. As part of the senior management team at the national headquarters, Pat serves as a liaison between the Institute and local OASIS programs. She also provides leadership for volunteer engagement throughout the OASIS network Pat has extensive experience in developing and disseminating intergenerational programs. She has been a frequent presenter at aging conferences and university-based seminars and has authored articles in a number of professional journals. She currently serves as an advisor to the Aging Network’s Volunteer Collaborative. Pat holds a BA degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband Jan. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. Pat is an avid reader, plays in her church hand bell choir and enjoys herb and vegetable gardening.
is President (2003 to present) of The OASIS Institute, a national nonprofit in St. Louis, MO, which serves as the oversight body working with the local OASIS centers and partners to assist in operating the program by providing staff training, Standards of Excellence for program quality, research and development of new programs and curricula, technology, and financial and fundraising support. Marcia has led OASIS in taking a leadership role in evidence-based work since 2003. In 2012, OASIS was named to the Social Impact 100 Index, a list of the top 100 nonprofit organizations in the US that have broad social impact and deliver results. Marcia is a member of the American Society on Aging, served as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and was a recipient of the 2007 Jack Ossofsky Award, National Council on Aging, for leadership in helping people age successfully through OASIS. She holds a MS in Education from Illinois State University and enjoys international travel, reading, swimming and spending time with close family and
is a native San Diegan, and an avid OASIS participant. She earned her B.A. at Stanford, her M.A. and PhD. at Columbia, all in Psychology, and spent a post-doctoral research year at The Rockefeller University focusing on the psychobiology of behavior. Upon her return to San Diego, Judy became a professor in the psychology department at San Diego State, where she was engaged in teaching, research, and student mentoring for 36 years. In addition, she was founder of the Psychology Department’s Weight Control Clinic, and served as its director for 20 years. Judy retired from San Diego State in 2008, and that same year discovered OASIS. She has virtually lived here ever since, holding the record for the most Oasis classes ever attended (almost 500 as of 2014). Judy’s community involvement includes service for San Diego Junior Theatre, the Cystic Fibrosis Guild, Playwrights Project, The Children’s Museum, and the San Diego Young Opera Buffs, among others. Judy’s husband, Marshall Lewis, is an attorney in private practice in San Diego. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Charles Van Vechten is President of Jacob Tyler, a brand communications agency in San Diego and Washington DC, boasting over 30 awards for creative work with clients, such as NuVasive, Sony, iTan, Soundcast, Ken Blanchard, Avista Technologies, JBS, Bridgepoint Education and Four Seasons Resorts. A native San Diegan, Charlie earned a B.A. from the University of San Diego and a post-graduate degree in graphic design and advertising. Charlie has served on the boards of AIGA San Diego, Susan G. Komen Foundation, East County Performing Arts Center, Mount Helix Park Foundation, and United Through Reading. He is also an active Rotarian. Charlie was honored with the Performing Arts League’s “Star Award” and the Metropolitan Magazine’s “40 under Forty” award. His wife, Renée, a professor of Political Science at the University of Redlands, gives him extra points for being a gourmet chef, and kids, Ava and Zachary, have bestowed the “Best Bedtime Story Reader” award upon him.