​​administrative team

Steve Oas, President of the Oas Center
Jessica Lester, Assistant Operations Manager
Erin Cunningham, Operations Manager at the Oas Center
                                 


Steve Oas
Founder/President of the Oas Center and Specialized Therapy Services


Steve graduated with a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2000.  He originally began working with children on the Autism Spectrum as behavior therapist and then worked as a Speech Therapist in the Madison County Public while completing his graduate program. While in the Master’s program Steve became well trained in both voice and fluency therapy for adults and children, often lecturing and running trainings for undergraduate students. 

After college, he moved to San Diego and started working for Sharp Healthcare with both adults and children in a variety of communication and swallowing disorders.  During his time at Sharp he learned the importance of looking at child development across the various cognitive processes including sensory, vestibular, attention and language. 

In 2004, Steve founded Specialized Therapy Services (STS) working with charter schools, the San Diego Regional Center, health insurers, medical practices, and private clients providing speech therapy, assistive technology, and parent training.  In 2007 Steve completed the Assistive Technology Certificate Program at Cal State Northridge.  In addition to managing STS, Steve continues to work as a consultant for schools to assist and implement special education services, provide social skills training, assistive technology assessments/training, augmentative communication assessments, and supervision of speech pathology programs.  




Erin Cunningham
Operations Manager

Erin joined the Specialized Therapy Services team in 2013 as the Operations Manager.

With over 16 years of experience in healthcare recruiting and management, Erin brings to the table experience in business development and a strong expertise of the ever changing healthcare industry. She has managed a diverse project portfolio, including market analysis studies, managed care systems, product feasibility profiles, and customer satisfaction measurement.

Since coming on board with STS, Erin has spearheaded the exponential growth of Specialized Therapy Services and the inception and development of The Oas Center. Erin grew up in Northern California and has called San Diego home for the past 18 years.





Beata Piehl
Director of Project Development & Management

Beata has extensive business leadership, project and change management experience as well as professional expertise in healthcare information technologies, health administration, accounting, human services, special education, and patient relations.
She holds the Masters in Health Administration Informatics Degree from St. Joseph's University and is dedicated to integrating health services to achieve patient-centered care.

Since joining the Specialized Therapy Services team in 2015, Beata has worked on expanding patient access to new therapy service lines and improved e-PHI access and administration. She has also designed the Oas Center website and developed the STS web presence.

Beata is currently pursuing the FACHE board certification. She is an active member of ACHE, AHIMA, and HFMA professional organizations.





Jessica Lester
Assistant Operations Manager


Jessica, born and raised in San Diego, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from California State University Northridge.

During her time in Los Angeles, she worked as an ABA therapist, providing in home intervention to children with ASD.

She is currently applying to various graduate programs with the goal of becoming Pediatric Speech Pathologist. In her free time, Jessica enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring all the fun San Diego has to offer with her family and friends. 





















Beata Piehl, Director at the Oas Center