Still Harbor


Our collective quest for justice and peace cannot be accomplished by intellectual or professional training alone.

Still Harbor believes that spirituality cultivates the depth of imaginationcourage, and resilience we need to create a more kindequitable, and sustainable world.

Our programs and services seek to create a network of fiercely loving and compassionate spiritual leaders for social change.



We consider ourselves part of a burgeoning 21st-century movement that is drawing on the world's long history and multiple traditions of contemplative practice from across wisdom traditions. Such practices form the foundation of what we all need to create spaces that encourage the personal and collective exploration of identity, belief, purpose, values, connection, presence, and trust.


Core Team

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Rev. Perry Dougherty is a Still Harbor Senior Partner, Editor of Anchor magazine, an Instructor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and founder of Rootwise Leadership. Perry serves as a facilitator, chaplain, and spiritual director at Still Harbor. She has a background in corporate training and development as well as non-profit development, communications, and management. Perry brings an informed perspective on social justice, pedagogy, and learning, which she studied at Washington University in St. Louis in receiving her B.A. in Social Thought and Analysis with a specialization in the Sociology of Education. Perry is an ordained Interspiritual Minister by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She brings her personal and professional interests together through her service by exploring where creative expression and narrative meet spirituality and social justice.

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Rev. Monique Harris is a Still Harbor Senior Partner and also serves as a facilitator and chaplain /spiritual director. A transplant from San Francisco, California, Monique graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1997. She earned her teaching credential in Moderate Disabilities from the University of San Francisco in 2003. A special education teacher by profession, Monique has worked in public education for more than 15 years and served as an Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 13 years. A graduate of the Spiritual Direction practicum in 2017, Monique joined Still Harbor, as a Senior Associate, offering affinity group circles for African Americans (Emotional Emancipation Circles) to address racial stress, trauma and to offer tools for healing and well-being. In June 2018 Monique became a Senior Partner in the organization and continues her work with the EECs, in addition to lending her skills in operations, programming, and content creation.


Lauren Spahn is a Still Harbor Senior Partner. She serves as lead administrator, facilitator and chaplain with Still Harbor and is also a yoga teacher, doula, and writer. She is an avid reader, lifelong learner, world traveler, language enthusiast, and a "my home is your home"-style hostess. She has a background in facilitation and project development as well as non-profit communications and management. Lauren received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Spanish with a minor in Women's Studies. In 2015, after eight years of full-time non-profit work, she began teaching yoga and supporting justice-based non-profits (Still Harbor included) as a facilitator and writer. She stays tethered to her call to bring people together through shared dialogue and practice, and in doing so, she has discovered the healing and transformative power of community. 

Facilitation & Chaplain Team


Rev. Edward M. Cardoza, MA.Min. is the co-founder and Chair of the Board of Still Harbor. Ed serves as a facilitator, chaplain, and spiritual director at Still Harbor. Ed received a Master’s 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, Massachusetts. In addition to serving with Still Harbor, Ed is also ordained in the Episcopal tradition and is priest-in-charge at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Ed serves on the board of directors for the global health non-profit Partners In Health, where he was the Vice President for Development for 6 years. He also serves on the board of Episcopal City Mission.


Suzanne Ehly serves as a chaplain/spiritual director for Still Harbor. In addition, she is a professional musician, an equity and justice consultant with VISIONS, Inc., an experienced educator, workshop and retreat leader, and former Artist-in-Residence and Faculty in Voice, Body, Culture and Leadership at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA and faculty at UMASS/Boston. As a white, Protestant, queer, US woman, she considers it both her keen delight and citizen responsibility to engage in the ongoing transformation of herself and of individuals and organizations with which she work. She brings curiosity, compassion, and patience to her expertise in understanding and transforming/healing the intersected and hybrid ways that racism and other oppressions live in the bodies and imaginations of people from both traditionally “included” and “excluded” groups. 


Daniel Gelbtuch is a chaplain/spiritual director with Still Harbor. He was born and raised in Greater Boston's Jewish Community, attending Solomon Schechter Day School, Temple Hillel Bnai Torah, and Camp Yavneh.  Dan attended Boston Latin School and Wesleyan University. He has a Master's Degree in Education from Queens College and taught in the New York City Public School System for three years, helping to found the School for Democracy and Leadership.  Dan returned to Boston in 2007 to begin the Jewish Organizing Initiative, which launched his career as a youth organizer at Dorchester Bay Youth Force. Dan served as the Youth Force director and co-founded the Youth Jobs Coalition.  Most recently, Dan been interested in how to connect his spiritual path and his organizing work as well as how to leverage key learnings from social movements into structure based organizing.


Nadia Colburn holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and currently teaches writing and spirituality workshops. Her writing has appeared widely in such places as The New Yorker, Yes! Magazine, Boston Review, and Boston Globe Magazine.  Nadia is also an OI Aspirant in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hann, a Kundalini yoga teacher, and a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute. Learn more at

Elissa Melaragno has worked as a professional visual artist for thirty years. Her work, though held in many private collections, has been focused on public arts, especially in healthcare settings. Her training in several holistic healing modalities and as a spiritual director has informed her work as an art instructor to include creativity, the mandala, and inner exploration as a source of growth, healing, and vocational enrichment.

Board of Directors

Edward M. Cardoza
Frederick N. Dello Russo, Jr.
Melissa Gillooly
John C. Hart
Carolyn MacNeil
Talia Rivera
Joshua Summers

Still Harbor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a hub on each coast: Metro Boston Area, MA and Bay Area, CA. We are an independent organization and not affiliated with any single faith or secular tradition or institution. We are grateful to our donors, partners, board of directors, and people like you who make our work possible.


Join Us

We do not have current openings on our team but are always interested in hearing from eager volunteers. Please contact the office at with questions or for more information.