Teaching Team

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 an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School with a concentration in advanced leadership development.

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

Cathy Tso serves as the program manager for 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 in education (K-12, college) and has held various teaching roles domestically and internationally.  Cathy is especially devoted to supporting underrepresented minorities’ access to educational resources and has worked with students in the METCO, Crimson Summer Academy, and YearUp programs. She currently advises students in the PHL Lab program and serves as one of the facilitators.

In a past life, Cathy was a chamber and orchestral violinist performing around the world.  She holds a BMus from the University of California, Irvine and a MAT from Simmons College.

Rev. Perry Dougherty
Instructor, Office of Educational Programs

Cyra Perry Dougherty, known as “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 and a writer.

Sherine Andreine Powerful, MPH
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Candidate, Class of 2021
Teaching Assistant

Sherine Andreine Powerful (ID: Sherine, Mx., she, they) is a dedicated daughter of the Caribbean sand, sun, and sea, having been born in Kingston, Jamaica; spending the formative years of her childhood in a West Indian neighborhood in the Boogie Down Bronx; and contributing to the region through advocacy and public health work in different CARICOM countries.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies (Caribbean Concentration) and International Studies from Yale University and holds a Master of Public Health degree in Population and Family Health, with a concentration in Global Health, from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

As a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, her interests are centered around the English-speaking Caribbean and include feminist global health and development leadership; gender and sexual health, equity, and justice; pleasure, healing, and liberation; and resilience and anticolonial sustainable development in the context of climate change.

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; 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 the 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 Doctor of Public Health students at the Harvard 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.