The Oasis Team

Steve Smith

Steve Smith


A 25-year veteran of the publishing and entertainment industries, Steve Smith joined Oasis Audio as its Director of Sales and Marketing in August 2010. At Oasis, his responsibilities include managing all sales efforts while working with key accounts and distributors to boost product awareness. He will also manage the marketing efforts of Oasis.

Steve began his career at David C. Cook Publishing Co. spending just under 10 years with the company in product development, advancing to youth marketing director. His relationship continued with the company for many years as a curriculum writer for Cook’s online group. Following his time at Cook, Steve led Gogo Entertainment Group as publisher and editor-in-chief of a successful pop culture magazine before joining Rolling Thunder Entertainment as Director of Sales and Business Development, where he assisted leading entertainment producers including Lucasfilm, Ltd, 20th Century-Fox and Sony Pictures in licensing and merchandising efforts. Most recently, Steve assisted Scientific Publishing Co, LLC in developing new markets. Steve had authored eight best-selling novels for Standard Publishing, a leading Christian publisher, and is the creator of THE ALEX CRYSS CHRONICLES, an upper-elementary web series in development at WTTW-n, the national production arm of Chicago’s PBS network.

Steve and his family live in a western suburb of Chicago. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and continued his education at Northern Baptist Seminary.

Jonathan Morris

Jonathan Morris

VP Operations

Jonathan Morris joined the Oasis Audio team as VP of Operations in August 2017. His responsibilities include oversight of day-to-day operations and strategic planning to foster growth and improve upon the existing life cycle of product under the Oasis brand.

He is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Finance. Prior to joining Oasis, Jon spent 15 years working in the software industry for a major financial technology provider based out of Chicago, IL.

Jon lives in Wheaton, IL with his wife and three children.

Julie Smith

Marketing Director

Julie Smith joined the Oasis team as marketing director in February 2018. Julie started her career in international development, then made her way to B2B marketing before ending up in audio publishing. So, the usual path.

Julie lives with her husband, Jordan, and their son in the northwest suburbs of Chicago where she loves to listen to audiobooks while running.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Contracts and Rights Coordinator

Lisa joined the Oasis Audio team in June 2010. She is responsible for making inquiries, offers and writing contracts as part of the acquisitions process.

Lisa’s eye for detail has been honed by her time spent as part of an undercover narcotics unit for over a decade, as well as positions at a legal office and an appraisal office.

Lisa lives with her husband, two daughters and two dogs in the suburbs of Chicago.

Natalie Budig

Natalie Budig

Social Media Coordinator

Natalie joined the Oasis Audio team in June 2016, shortly following her May graduation from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

She is responsible for maintaining our website as well as our social media accounts. She additionally oversees the Oasis brands and is excited at the prospects of Oasis moving into video.

On weekends, she regularly takes her life into her own hands by testing her Jeep’s ability to climb walls and rocky cliffs.

Toni Summers

Toni Summers

Customer Service

Toni Summers, whose background includes 13 years at a major retailer in merchandising, joined the Oasis team in September 2008, serving in customer service.

Toni and her husband live in the western suburbs of Chicago where she enjoys a variety of activities from interior decorating and scrap booking to swimming and spending time with family.

She has also served on multiple boards at her children’s school and is actively involved in fundraising efforts for her church.