BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Still Harbor gratefully relies on the guidance and vision of our Directors:
- Edward M. Cardoza
- Frederick N. Dello Russo, Jr.
- Melissa Gillooly
- John C. Hart
- Diane E. Kaneb
- Albert J. Kaneb
- Carolyn MacNeil
Edward M. Cardoza, MA.Min. founded Still Harbor in 2008 and is currently serving as Executive Director. Ed received a Masters in Arts in Ministry from Saint John's Seminary School of Theology in 2003. He completed a practicum in spiritual direction at the Center for Religious Development through the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. Ed also serves as a consultant and member of the Development Committee at Partners In Health (www.pih.org), where he was the Vice President for Development for six years.
Perry Dougherty is the Associate Director of Still Harbor. She has a background in corporate training and development as well as non-profit management. In her previous professional roles, she has designed organization-wide retreats, external communications and mission-building materials, and served an important role for internal capacity building. In each of her roles, Perry brings an informed perspective on pedagogy, which she studied at Washington University in St. Louis in receiving her bachelor's degree in Social Thought and Analysis with a specialization in the Sociology of Education. Perry has a personal interest in the intersection of spirituality and creative writing as well as a passion for community engagement.
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, a licensed psychotherapist and trained spiritual director, serves as our Program Manager. She facilitates classes, workshops, and retreats and provides accompaniment through individual and group spiritual direction. Her private psychotherapy practice focuses on the spiritual life as central in meeting the desired goals and changes that bring people to therapy. In her previous position as Assistant Director of Trinity Boston Counseling Center, Trinity Church in Copley Square, she developed and co-facilitated psycho-spiritual integration training for masters-level mental health interns, as well as programs to address secondary trauma and self-care. Colleen currently serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality at the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology.
Arville I. Stephen, LICSW is a psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer with over thirty years of clinical experience in the areas of mental health, addiction recovery, stress, trauma and bereavement. She was co-founder and Clinical Director of the Trinity Boston Counseling Center and has recently joined the Still Harbor team as a facilitator.
Sandy North is the Operations Manager at Still Harbor. She comes to Still Harbor with over seven years of experience working with non-profit organizations in the Boston area and has a particular interest in the integration of interior life with work and action. She received her bachelor's degree in history and religion from Mount Holyoke College and her MBA in non-profit management from Boston University.
Ruth Nkemontoh is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Still Harbor. She joins us as part of Life Together, a fellowship program of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. With a Bachelors in Communication and Black Studies, Ruth believes that the core of human interactions revolve around understanding: God, ourselves and others. A lover of cultures and traveling, she comes to us after having done outreach and communications stints in her home town, Portland, Oregon, as well as internationally in both Ukraine and India.
Hilary Hail Allen is Program Fellow at Still Harbor and joins us for her final year of the Masters of Divinity program at Episcopal Divinity School. Her focus is the intersections of spirituality and politics and she believes spiritual technologies can help us build stronger, vibrant, and transformative justice-making community. She brings a background in leadership development, group process, and anti-racism, and she is active in social change communities in Boston. Prior to seminary, the bulk of Hilary’s professional experience was in developing communications and resource development strategies for mission-based organizations.
Marisa Egerstrom, working with Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, organizes churches to take action on the issues of economic inequality raised by the Occupy movement. She founded the Protest Chaplains, who were the only identifiable religious group present in the first days of Occupy Wall Street. Marisa is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Harvard University where she writes about torture and American political culture. She is also a Prayer Partner (intentional community mentor) for the Life Together program of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
John Hammock, MALD, PhD moved into the Center for Discernment & Action as a live-in resident in the summer of 2010. John is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He is the co-founder and North American Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at the University of Oxford. Dr. Hammock founded and directed the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, was President of Oxfam America for eleven years, and served as Executive Director of ACCION International, a micro-finance agency. Currently, Dr. Hammock serves as the Chair of the Board of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation. He holds a doctoral degree in international relations from the Fletcher School and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Denison University. He was born in Cuba. He has two married daughters and two grandchildren.
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) moved their offices into the Center for Discernment & Action in the fall of 2010. IJDH works with grassroots groups in Haiti to develop an effective human rights advocacy program with global outreach. In the United States, IJDH collaborates with organizations, including faith-based, solidarity, humanitarian, and development organizations, to coordinate advocacy on human rights in Haiti and to network with Haitian Diaspora activists throughout the world. Read more at www.ijdh.org.