Still Harbor

creating a network of fiercely loving, compassionate, and transformative leaders for change.

Still Harbor believes the world urgently needs more individuals and organizations who deeply understand their roles and responsibilities in making the world a better place.

This cannot be accomplished by intellectual or professional training alone.

Teaching and practicing spiritual awareness, understanding, and perspective-building will help create a network of fierce loving, compassionate, and transformative leaders for change.

Through a deep understanding of self, a healthy orientation to others, and a full appreciation of our shared human existence, those who have gone through Still Harbor's programs set themselves apart in both presence and impact. 


OUr Incredible team

Rev. Perry Dougherty is the Executive Director of Still Harbor, Editor of Anchor magazine, and an Instructor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 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.


Rev. Edward M. Cardoza, MA.Min. is the co-founder 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.

Lauren Spahn is a yoga teacher, birth 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. 


Akwése Nkemontoh is a cross-cultural bridge builder, leadership coach, and entrepreneurial spirit currently splitting her time between SE Asia and the US. She holds a double B.Sc. in Communication Studies and Black Studies with a focus on minority representation in media and an M.S.W. in Social Innovation and Leadership with an emphasis on Global Practice. She has worked both domestically and internationally with several NGOs in communications, outreach/engagement, and community development roles. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Akwése aims to increase cross-cultural dialogue, inspire change, and empower individuals in fully utilizing their unique voice and abilities.

Eliza Ramos is a social worker, global health professional, and social justice advocate. She is from Oregon and now resides in Oakland, California. She has worked on child development programs in orphanages in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, as a counselor and facilitator with the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and consulted with UNICEF in New York and India on youth well-being and health programs. Eliza was a 2012-2013 Global Health Corps (GHC) fellow in Rwanda and was a GHC staff member working on growing their alumni community. As a chaplain and facilitator, her passion lies in supporting leaders and organizations in creative positive social change. She holds an M.P.H. from Harvard University and an M.S.W. from Columbia University.


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 headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. 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

Are you looking to experience working at an entrepreneurial non-profit? Are you interested in leading and participating in exciting projects and publications at the intersection of spirituality and social justice? Keep in touch here for future openings on our team. If you are interested in volunteering, our current areas of need are listed below.

Current volunteer needs:

  • Business Development & Fundraising Research
  • Database Support
  • Website Design & Support
  • Graphic Design & Publications Support

Please contact the office at with questions or for more information.


Our Partners

Since our founding in 2008, Still Harbor has provided leadership formation and accompaniment opportunities for hundreds of individuals and organizations through retreats, workshops, chaplaincy, and training programs. Some of our organizational partners and clients include:


"The Still Harbor team plays an essential role in the development of each fellow. I firmly believe that without the instruction and guidance of Still Harbor, it would be impossible for the individuals at GHC to perform at such a high level. They provide an invaluable support system, and have taught me essential life skills which I will treasure for the rest of my life."
 - Global Health Corps Fellow