Oasis Staff

Charlie Dickerson, Christina Balesky –  Oasis Assistants

Jay Gerwe – Oasis Lead Guide

Claire Brumbaugh-Smith, Michelle Johnson & Maria Serrano – Oasis Assistants




Jay Gerwe joined Harmony in the Spring of 2014 as an Ocean Room Assistant/Lead After-Care teacher.  While working towards his B.A. in Elementary Education from Indiana University he studied abroad in New Zealand and had the opportunity to visit a nearby Montessori school and saw all the amazing learning and tools a Montessori environment offered and instantly fell in love! Jay moved to Portland and received his AMI Primary diploma and Master’s from Loyola, MD in 2007.  He has worked in various Montessori schools since 2004 and is super excited to be a part of Harmony as we continue to grow.  Jay’s hobbies and interests include all the amazing things the Pacific Northwest offers: camping, hiking, Timbers, Blazers, local music, brewing craft beers, walking the dog with his wonderful wife, surfing, and continuing to learn.

Charlie Dickerson joined the Harmony community in the fall of 2013 when his daughter started as a preschooler in the Ocean Room.  He became part of the staff in the winter of 2016, working as the After-Care assistant and classroom help. Before his days at Harmony, Charlie worked as a nanny and stay-at-home dad. His hobbies include cheering on the Blazers, cooking, running, testing out local microbrews, working on his 100-year-old house, and spending time with his amazing wife and daughter.