The staff of OASIS NC has knowledge, experience, and is unparalleled in its enthusiasm and appreciation for children with autism. We know how they learn. We know what they need to learn. We know how they think. We see their gifts that they bring into this world. We truly love them and want to make a difference in their lives!
Erika is a certified Exceptional Student Educator in North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Miami (FL) in 2004 with Bachelors of Science Degree in Exceptional Student Education and Psychology, with an additional ESOL endorsement. In 2005, she received a Masters of Education Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Texas and has since been teaching students with autism, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Erika taught elementary students with high-functioning autism in the Intensive Social-Communication Support program for three years in New Hanover County, before founding OASIS NC in 2011. Erika was named one of WILMA’s 2017 “Women to Watch” and has just been accepted in the the Leadership Institute.
Program Coordinator/Classroom Teacher
Kim has worked in the field of special education since 1989. In 1995, when applying for a position in NC public schools after a relocation, she was offered a position teaching children with autism. She readily agreed to the position, and found her passion and purpose as an educator. In 2004, she moved to Wilmington and soon after, began teaching in the New Hanover County Schools. It seemed the time was right, after years of teaching children with autism and advocating for their needs, that she, along with her friend and colleague, Erika Merriman, started Oasis NC. From the days of “coffee shop planning” to admitting their first after school students to becoming a private school, Kim’s passion for children with autism had manifested into the opportunity to help students and their families in a more creative, more focused setting.
Kim has an adult daughter who lives in Raleigh, various rescue cats and dogs, and is learning slowly to make her kitchen into a friend (her most difficult challenge yet!) so she can prepare healthy “plant-i-ful” meals!
Director of Development
Angela graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2014 with her Bachelor’s in Adapted Special Education and then worked as a classroom teacher for NHCS. Angela is currently pursuing her Graduate degree in Public administration at UNCW. She is a founding member of the Cape Fear Enrichment Program (a nonprofit that provides real life opportunities for adults with disabilities) and is the Social spoke leader for this organization. She started the “I Am Beautiful Fashion Show” (a fashion show fundraiser featuring individuals with disabilities) in 2013, which has occurred at least annually since. Angela is passionate about bettering the lives of individuals with disabilities both in her work and personal time. She loves her dog Macy-which is her pride and joy, is vegan, and loves to cook!
Elizabeth graduated from Meredith College in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and with her K-6 teaching license. She was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and received her National Board Certification in 2008. Elizabeth taught third grade for eight years in Currituck County Schools and in New Hanover County Schools. She and her husband have four children and live in Wilmington.
Jill comes to OASIS with over 20 years teaching experience! She holds a B.S. in Business Management and Public Relations, and is certified in K-6 Elementary and Middle School Math. Jill is happily married to Bryan and has 3 grown children, and a grandson with autism. She enjoys photography, rescuing and improving furniture, and walking on the beach. Fun Fact! Ms. Jill and Ms. Kim are sisters!