Oasis Compassion Agency is committed to showing God’s love in practical ways by addressing the physical and spiritual needs of the poor/needy in central Palm Beach County. We work with clients to identify roadblocks to success, devise a plan to overcome them, and act on that plan. Oasis meets clients at their point(s) of need through its food pantry, clothing ministry, the opportunity for Biblical and mental counseling, and, through the Career Center, formulating a plan to help clients take the steps that will enable them to stabilize their economic circumstances.
Sharon A. Gill, Chairman & Founder
Sharon A. Gill, is the founder and former CEO of the Oasis Compassion Agency. She recently ascended to the position of Chairman of the Board after 8 years of serving as the day to day chief. Prior to that she served as the Chief Executive Officer of the law firm of Gill & Associates from 1997-2003. During her tenure, Mrs. Gill steered the firm to record growth and recognition in the local business community. Among the many awards captured by the firm under Mrs. Gill’s leadership, was the 2003 Minority Business Enterprise Supplier of the Year which was won on the local and regional level. Mrs. Gill was also featured in a National Advertising Campaign by Office Depot, Inc. during 2003.
Her passion for leadership and education is evidenced by her commitment to her staff, volunteers, her community and her own personal development. In July of 2002, Mrs. Gill was one of the recipients chosen to attend a week long Minority Business Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
She is the recipient of numerous community awards including the Giraffe Awards, Local Heroes Award sponsored by Bank of America and the Martin Luther King Leadership Award sponsored by Palm Beach State College. She is also a member of Leadership Palm Beach County, class of 2011. Mrs. Gill is married to her husband Wayne of 24 years and now works with him as Chief Operating Officer of the Gill Law Firm, P.A. She has two children and her life scripture is Ephesians 3:20.
Ayesha Benjamin, Board Member
Ayesha K. Benjamin moved to Palm County in 2001 after receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Florida. Ms. Benjamin works as an IT Analyst for the City of Wellington. With her IT experience, Ayesha frequents small businesses in South Florida, consulting on organizational, financial, and governance issues from an information technology perspective.
Along with her involvement with Oasis, she works with numerous charities; additionally serving as Technology Advisor for the Love Over All Foundation. She believes that “service plays an important role in advancing positive community relations.”
A. Wayne Gill, Committee Chair-Fundraising
A. Wayne Gill is the Managing Partner and CEO of Gill Law Firm, P.A., a law firm with offices in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Atlanta Georgia. He obtained his B.A. Degree in English from Trinity College and his law degree from George Washington University. He is a sought-after speaker and author. His first book, “Tales My Grandma Told Me – a Business Diversity Fable,” has been referred to as the “Bible” of supplier diversity.
His latest release entitled “The Runner,” is a legal, edge-of-your-seats thriller. He is also author of several eBooks, including “This Business of Diversity” and “Get in the Game and Win.” He represents some of the top companies in the world, including, AT&T, Hilton Hotels Corporation, SunTrust Bank and American Express.
Over the years, A. Wayne Gill has been recognized among the 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in South Florida and the Who’s Who in Black South Florida. He’s received Macy’s Crystal Award for Outstanding Minority Business Advocacy, and he’s received several honors from NMSDC affiliates and local Bar Associations. In 2002 he received Northwood University’s Arthur E. Turner Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Betterment of Mankind.
He is the co-founder and legal advisor to Oasis Compassion Agency, a non-profit empowerment agency for the disadvantaged, a board member of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and Secretary of the Board for The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council.
Shiro Horshington, Board Member
Shiro Horshington was Born In Sri Lanka and migrated to the US in 1984. She graduated Cum Laude with a BSc in Accounting and is a licensed CPA. For 16 years Shiro worked as an Audit Manager for Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touch.
Shiro is currently the CFO at Grace Fellowship Church, Berean Christian School & The Timothy Initiative in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has also served on the board of directors for Summit Christian School and as client educator for First Care.
Pastor Don Imel, Board Member
Don Imel has served as pastor of Community Christian Church in West Palm Beach since the spring of 2004. He has been involved at Oasis for several years leading food drives for the Oasis food pantry through Community Christian. Don has been married to his wife Kim for 36 years. They have two children, Erin Ritter of Nashville Tennessee and Evan Imel a student at PBA and youth minister at the Church.
Andrea Kalina, Committee Chair-Programs
Andrea Kalina is the branch manager for Amtrust Bank located in Wellington. Prior to this position, Andrea worked as a Financial Specialist at Wachovia Bank. Andrea believes that “your bank shouldn’t simply be located in your community, it should be an active, vital part of it.”
Sylvia Lee, Board Member
Sylvia Lee is in business with her husband, Jeff. She is the co-founder of Connection Outreach, a 501c3 non profit organization that performs acts of service in Haiti, Peru and other parts of the world.
John Spillane, Board Member
Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, John’s desire to become a CPA started in high school. He has been a CPA for over (30) years, and never changed careers in his life. John studied accounting and taxes at the university while working part time doing tax returns. He has a passion for taxes and accounting. He also loves helping people. He believes that accounting is a personal service business.
John started his business career with the largest and best CPA firms in the world, Arthur Andersen & Company. It was there that he audited and worked with some of the largest publicly traded companies in the world. In addition, John has been the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Controller for several public and private companies. He also managed smaller regional CPA firms that introduced him to many small businesses.
John opened his own practice in 1987 in Wellington, Florida with the idea of working with newer small businesses in the heart of Central Palm Beach County helping them grow and succeed in their business.
In addition to his accounting degrees and being a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Florida, John holds several security and insurance licenses, as well as being a registered investment advisor. John has lectured and taught several accounting, tax, business planning, and record keeping classes at local universities in the past. He is an active member of the American and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. John is a member of the local Rotary Club, past president of the Kiwanis Club, Director and Past Chairman of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of a local church, as well as serving as a director on various other corporate and non-profit boards.
John is married with two grown children and several grandchildren.
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