Rebecca Coyne is the Assistant Dean for Executive Education at Harvard Law School, where she works with faculty and an administrative team to develop leadership programs that serve law firm managing partners, emerging law firm leaders, and General Counsel from across the globe.
Originally from upstate New York, Rebecca spent a year after college working and traveling abroad and then moved to Boston where she began a career in executive education. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, she spent 10 years at Harvard Kennedy School, most recently as the Executive Director of Program and Technology for Executive Education. In addition, she has worked at numerous educational institutions including Harvard Business School, The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Suffolk University.
Rebecca graduated from University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH with a dual degree in English and International Affairs. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.
Associate Director of Operations and Finance
Andrew Finn is Associate Director of Operations and Finance for Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE) where he leads the department’s budgeting and long-term financial planning efforts, manages a team of Program Coordinators, and serves as a member of the senior management team.
Prior to joining HLSEE, Andrew spent more than 10 years in association management, leading strategy and operations for nonprofit membership organizations, and developing professional and executive education programs across a range of sectors. Most recently, Andrew served as Vice President of McKenna Management, Inc., an association management company, where he led a team of 25 professionals and executives and acted as a strategic advisor on operations, finance, human resources, and long-term planning. Simultaneously, he served as the Executive Director of the New England Society of Association Executives. Earlier in his career, he managed several specialty medical societies and oversaw the development of their continuing medical education (CME) programs at the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Andrew has an MBA from Northeastern University, an MSc in Management Consultancy from University College Dublin, and a BS in Management from Johnson & Wales University.
Andrew enjoys traveling, cooking, music, and spending time with his partner and their Standard Poodle.
Associate Director of Program Development
Femke Vernooij is Associate Director of Program Development for Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE). She joined HLSEE in May 2011 and has since supported the design and facilitation of custom leadership programs for law firm partners, in-house counsel, and associates, including the multi-module Milbank associates program.
Her career has taken her from the Netherlands to China and eventually to the US. Femke holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam the Netherlands where she was born and raised. She has worked for consulting firms and as in-house specialist focusing on organizational and professional development, change management, and cross-cultural challenges. At HLSEE she has the perfect platform to continue to consult and support global clients and impact participants’ personal and professional growth by working with and learning from renowned Harvard faculty.
In her spare time, she enjoys going for bike rides with her family on her traditional Dutch balancing one child sitting on the front, another on the back and her cargo bags filled with essentials.
Assistant Director, Marketing
Stephanie Gordon is the Assistant Director of Marketing for Executive Education where she is responsible for generating awareness of Harvard Law School Executive Education in the law community and driving enrollment to the programs.
Prior to joining HLS Executive Education, Stephanie spent 5 years as a marketing manager at Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. Subsequently, she took a position at her alma mater, Babson College, where she worked in several marketing roles focused on undergraduate and graduate enrollment marketing.
Stephanie has a B.S. and MBA from Babson College. She enjoys spending time with her son and daughter who are twins, cooking, reading, and visiting New Hampshire.
Rachel Gordon is a Research Associate for Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE). Prior to joining HLSEE in April 2017, Rachel spent over 10 years writing and developing curricular materials for the Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Global Health Education Learning Incubator (GHELI) at Harvard.
While at HBS Rachel worked with a variety of professors with a focus on healthcare and entrepreneurship. At GHELI she created classroom materials that explored and highlighted the impact of social determinants on health at both the individual and population levels. Before coming to Harvard University, Rachel worked in healthcare organizations that served the local Boston community as well as the international global community. She also spent a happy year at an award winning local cookie company helping companies send happiness through their corporate gifts.
Rachel has a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Simmons College School of Business. She shares her life with her husband, three boys, and a dog.
Over the past five years, Drew has been working as a Salesforce administrator and data analyst. He has previously worked for Belo Business Intel in Dallas and Thrive Scholar in Boston in those roles. Before transitioning into a focus on data management, Drew worked on a research project with the American Bar Association in Chicago analyzing the diversity within the American judicial system.
He is a proud Seton Hall and Loyola Chicago alumni, and proud New York Knicks fan.
Kara Atkinson is a Program Coordinator at Harvard Law School Executive Education where she works as part of a team planning and coordinating a variety of executive education programs.
Prior to joining HLSEE, Kara was a Senior Program Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts and a Paralegal at the Law Offices of Iannella & Mummolo. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a BS in Crime & Justice Studies. As a Boston native, Kara has always been passionate about engaging in public service opportunities and following a career path in philanthropy.
She enjoys traveling, art, fashion, food, and being the creative designer and owner of a women’s luxury handbag brand in her free time.
Program Technology Specialist
Ian Davis is the Program Technology Specialist at Harvard Law School Executive Education. Ian is responsible for managing 150 Microsoft devices and integrating the technology into HLSEE’s open enrollment and custom programs. Outside of program technology, Ian utilizes the many Microsoft products to advance the program impact on participants as well as the office production.
Prior to joining HLS Executive Education in 2013 he spent several years with the New England Board of Higher Education.
During his time at NEBHE and HLSEE he served in the Navy Reserves, reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class.
Ian enjoys spending time with his daughter and newborn son. He also enjoys running, usually with his daughter in a stroller, and gardening.
Kenna is the Team Assistant for Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE), where she supports the efforts of Program Coordinators and acts as a liaison between Scott Westfahl, the Director of Executive Education, and the EE team.
Prior to joining HLSEE, Kenna worked as an English Conversation Leader at J.F. Oberlin University in Machida, Japan and as a Language Partner and Host in the Global Pathways Program at Northeastern University. She is passionate about higher education, cultural exchange, and empowering men and women to reach their academic and professional goals.
Kenna holds a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from New York University as well as BA in Asian Studies and a BFA in Media Arts from Northeastern University.
Kenna enjoys traveling, drawing, baking, reading, and spending time with her Eurasier.
Wonderly Peralta is a Program Coordinator for Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE) where she collaborates with her Program Coordinator colleagues to give exceptional program experiences to participants.
Prior to joining HLSEE, Wonderly spent more than 10 years in education as a middle school math teacher in rural and urban areas in California. At the end of May 2022, Wonderly graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Wonderly served as Programming and Events Senator on the HGSE Student Council, facilitating live and virtual events for students and alumni. Wonderly is passionate about learning, technology, and event planning. Wonderly has an Ed. M in Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific University, and a BS in Mathematics from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Wonderly enjoys being with friends and family, skateboarding, hot yoga, hot Pilates, traveling, and watching football, baseball, and basketball.
Melissa Robinson is the Financial Associate with Harvard Law School Executive Education. Melissa joined Executive Education in October 2010 to support financial management and program preparation and delivery.
Melissa also served as Administrative Coordinator with Harvard Law School’s Clinical Program from 1998-2004. Prior to joining Executive Education, Melissa held positions in the financial services area with M&T Bank, M&T Securities, HSBC Bank, and Fidelity Investments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Niagara University in French Language and Literature, a Master of Arts degree in English from Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education, and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.
Melissa is fluent in French. She is a Shakespeare enthusiast, having lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, England to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Melissa continued her classical acting training with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She loves the performing arts, running, and traveling to warm, sunny destinations.