The board of directors of the Oasis Institute has named Paul Weiss, PhD as the organization’s new president. Paul brings more than 20 years of education, program development, strategic planning, organizational growth and non-profit leadership experience to the position.
“The Oasis story conveys an inspiring message of successful aging,” Paul said. “The improvements in quality of life, interpersonal connections, stimulation, physical health and joy that Oasis brings to those who participate in its programs are incredible.”
“I’m excited about working with the staff across the country, board members and partners to execute the current strategic plan and develop an entrepreneurial culture that will inspire the next steps for Oasis.”
| Matt Geekie, Marcia Kerz, Paul Weiss and Marylen Mann at a retirement celebration honoring Marcia.
Most recently, Paul served as the senior athletic director at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania where he oversaw the opening and programming of a $27 million, 100,000 square foot fitness and athletic center. While there he led a two-year strategic planning initiative that resulted in a new merit-aid system for athletes and other talented prospective students.
Before moving to Newtown, Paul served as chief program officer at Asphalt Green, a sports and fitness-focused non-profit organization in New York City. During his 12-year tenure, annual program revenue grew by nearly $5 million and community programs tripled in scope.
While at Asphalt Green, Paul developed an evidence-based senior fitness curriculum for the New York City Department of Aging. To implement the program, Paul and his team trained more than 250 senior volunteer peer-instructors. The curriculum included senior exercise training manuals and at-home books that are used throughout the city in more than 100 senior centers.
A native St. Louisan, Paul holds a PhD in Educational Research and Psychology from Washington University and assumed his position as President of the Oasis Institute on June 14, 2017.
The Oasis Institute is a national nonprofit organization that promotes healthy aging through lifelong learning, wellness programs and volunteer engagement. Founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1982, Oasis has a national membership of 360,000 adults and serves 52,000 people annually through partnerships in 40 cities. For more information, visit www3.oasisnet.org or call 314-862-2933, extension 291.