OASC Moving Forward

June 23, 2020

Dear COSA and the OASC Family –
It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation as the Executive Director of OASC effective September 1, 2020. September 1st is my 10-year anniversary serving as ED of this great organization. OASC has a history of serving our schools, advisers, student leaders and alumni since 1949 – It’s the connections and relationships that have made the hard work worth it! It’s been truly an honor to be a part of so many lives, witness growth and change before my eyes.

OASC has been a part of my life since 1989 and the organization and people involved in it mean the world to me. I have always worked hard to make sure that when the day came, I would be able to leave OASC better than I found it (which was a large feat considering the greatness of Nancy Moen who came before me). COVID-19 has financially impacted
OASC similar to many other businesses / organizations that depend on in person events. We are in turbulent times without revenue coming in but yet the need for support and voice is greater than ever. Thankfully, we grew our reserves over the last decade which has helped us through spring and summer – but our financial situation won’t be able to sustain OASC through fall without a change in structure and system. It’s time for me to move on, not only for my personal mental and physical health but the health and growth of the organization as well. My resignation will provide more flexibility to the organization in order to continue serving its members.

“Change is the only constant” – Heraclitus.

I will work with the COSA Executive Director and the OASC Board on a transition and sustainability plan. I hope I’ve made you proud in leaving OASC better than I found it. I know I’m better then when I started and that’s because of so many of you and the connections and relationships I’ve made. You have supported me, had tough conversations with me, questioned me, challenged me and motivated me to do and be better for our schools and students – I will be
forever grateful for this opportunity. It’s time for me to “fly with her own wings” and discover who I am without
wearing my OASC hat (however, in reality we know my whole closet is full of OASC gear that won’t be going away anytime soon).

With much OASC love,

Sara Nilles