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Teaching Team

Cathy Tso, MAT
Leadership Development Manager, Office of Educational Programs

Cathy Tso serves as administrator to the Public Health Leadership Lab at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Prior to joining this role, she worked in the Harvard Chan School Admissions Office for 2 years.  She has over 10 years of experience working in education and have held various teaching roles domestically and internationally.  She currently advises students in the PHL Lab program and serves as one of the team coaches.  Outside of work, she is a mentor to middle school students at the Highrock Covenant Church in Arlington, MA and a mother to a 1 year old.  She holds a BM from the University of California, Irvine and a MAT from Simmons College.

Fawn A. Phelps, MPA
Director of Leadership Development, Office of Educational Programs

Fawn Phelps is the Director of Leadership Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has more than 15 years of experience in legislative and regulatory advocacy focused on the well-being of low-income and disadvantaged populations.  She joined Harvard after 7 years at Health Care For All where she served as Policy Director, Interim-Executive Director, and manager of the coalition backing Massachusetts’ 2006 health reform.

Previously, Ms. Phelps served as the Director of Public Affairs at Easter Seals MA, a lobbyist for the Human Rights Campaign, and an aide to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. She has a BA from Wesleyan University and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School with a concentration in advanced leadership development.

Rev. Perry Dougherty
Instructor, Office of Educational Programs

Cyra Perry Dougherty “Perry” is an Instructor in the Department of Education at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the founder and CEO of Rootwise Leadership where she serves as the lead coach, consultant, facilitator, and trainer.

As an ordained interspiritual minister with more than 15 years of experience working with global executive teams in the social sector and civil society, Perry enriches cutting-edge leadership development theory and practice with a deep understanding of the inner life, spiritual practice, creative expression, and personal narrative. She pursues her work with transformation as both means and end.

Perry is also a Senior Partner at Still Harbor as well as the Founding Editor of Anchor magazine and the Editor of The Anatomy of Silence, Red Press 2019. At home, she is a mother to three, ages 2, 10, and 15, and a writer.

Lily Shay
Teaching Assistant

Lily Shay is the TA for the Public Health Leadership Lab and an MPH in Social and Behavioral Health Candidate (‘19). Prior to pursuing her MPH, Lily worked in global health operations, program design, and community health work.

As a former concentrator in the PHL Lab, Lily saw the value in the Lab’s departure from old-school leadership styles to true leadership development that focuses on listening, reflection, and comfort with trial and error. The PHL Lab experience has informed Lily’s work in community-driven advocacy around food insecurity and other systems of power. Her interests lie at the intersection of system dynamics/change, community engagement, and restorative justice work. Lily earned her BA from the University of Washington in International Studies and Global Health.

Additional Instructors:

Anne Occhipinti
Assistant Dean for Professional Education

Anne Occhipinti is the Assistant Dean for Professional Education at the Harvard Chan School and has been a PHL coach for many years. In addition to overseeing the administration of the MPH program at Harvard Chan, Anne conducts many leadership and professional development trainings. She also coaches for the Harvard Administrative Fellowship program. Anne’s experience in higher education has included a broad range of areas including: teaching, training, student affairs, residence life, counseling, crisis management and international education. Prior to her time at Harvard, Anne enjoyed some time managing the student affairs division at New York University in Florence, Italy. She loves working with students on finding their way and hence her involvement in this concentration! She has a BA from Colgate University and a MA from Boston College in Counseling Psychology. Outside of her professional life, Anne is a big fan of yoga, the performing arts, her kids and all things Italian.

Sharon Bueno Washington
Executive Coach and Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sharon Bueno Washington, founder of Bueno Consulting, is an organizational development consultant with more than 25 years of experience. She has worked in every major industry in both the public and private sectors. She is a certified executive coach and a trained mediator, with extensive group and process facilitation experience.

In pursuit of creating healthy, high-functioning organizations and communities, Sharon offers consulting services in the areas of leadership development, diversity and inclusion, organizational change, team dynamics, cultural competence, and cross-cultural dynamics.

Sharon’s practice is global. She has consulted to a wide array of clients, from more than 35 countries. She launched her consulting career after several years as director of organizational development at a high-tech engineering firm. She took her experience, developing practical solutions for leaders and individual contributors, and used it to create highly experiential, dynamic, and engaging solutions for her clients.

Since 2015, Sharon has been part of the coaching team in support of first year Doctoral students at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and in 2018 was appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer on Education and Coach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree and has studied at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several universities in Spain. Sharon speaks Spanish conversationally, grew up in New York City, and now lives in Boston.

Ben Freeman
Current Student at the Harvard Divinity School

Ben Freeman is an artist, educator, and chaplain from the San Francisco Bay Area, entering his final year at Harvard Divinity School. Ben is passionate about helping people understand themselves and sees artistic exploration as central to that process; his work focuses on activating the intersections of spirituality and play as a lens for personal development and social transformation. Since moving to Boston, Ben has worked as a project coordinator for FriendshipWorks, facilitating an intergenerational storytelling group with LGBT elders and “youngers”; as a chaplain resident at Hebrew SeniorLife, focusing on the spiritual care of LGBT elders; and most recently as a chaplain intern at Boston Children’s Hospital, building pastoral relationships with children, families, and staff across the institution. A founding member of the Glitter Goddess Art Collective, Ben holds a BA in Theater Arts and Performance Studies from Brown University.