Meet the Leadership Team
Dave Bushy specializes in coaching corporate executives and their teams and has extensive experience with individuals in the C-Suite.
Dave works with clients to help them build awareness about their developmental needs, utilizing the Denison Leadership Development 360, interviews with team members and initial in-depth conversations with the client. From that awareness, action plans emerge which help develop leaders to expand their range and capabilities. In the process, the leader then becomes more effective and learns to see her or his team as a system, with outcomes that include improved communication and effectiveness.
Dave and his colleague Susan Clancy have worked together on Team Coaching engagements for a number of clients.
Dave has coached professionally for eight years and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Mentored by the late Richard Hackman, PhD, of Harvard Business School, Dave strongly adheres to Hackman’s research and findings on successful teams.
He has served a variety of clients in the public and private sector, including United Airlines, Oman Airways, High Purity New England, Decision Resources Group (DRG), the New York City Department of Education (DOE), Delta Private Jets, and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority in New York. He currently works with many other clients throughout the world.
As a respected former airline executive with 35 years of leadership and operations experience, Dave was a leader in transforming cultures and facilitating change - his passion was building teams and coaching them. Dave served at Delta Air Lines for 25 years, as a pilot and eventually Senior Vice President of Flight Operations, where he managed more than 10,000 people. He served as JetBlue’s Vice President of Flight Operations from 2003-2006 and then at Cape Air/ Nantucket Airlines for seven years as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO) and then President.
A former U.S. Army officer, Dave is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He earned his M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven and has worked extensively in labor relations throughout his career.
Dave graduated from the Coaching Certification Program at the Gestalt International Study Center (GISC) in 2014 and continues to work with the center as an instructor and volunteer.
Debra Chaloux is a Leadership Coach and global Organization Development consultant who brings cross-cultural experience to her passion for the learning and growth of organizations and people. With over 30 years of business experience including work in retail, insurance, health care, manufacturing and the non-profit sector, Debra’s capabilities include organizational effectiveness, change management, leadership coaching and cultural awareness.
Debra has the reputation as a trusted partner who helps leaders navigate multifaceted organizational relationships and change by expanding their learning edge and capacity to lead. Her practical style is well suited for creating action while driving long-term strategic change.
As an expatriate living in Belgium, Debra served as the Vice President of Organization Development and Learning for Delhaize Group, a multinational retailer, where she consulted, advised and coached executive leaders. In this capacity, Debra worked with geographically dispersed teams with members from different nationalities, helping to facilitate strong work relationships and achievement of business goals. She brings a deep understanding of the complexities, challenges and excitement of working in a multicultural business environment.
Debra holds a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and has continued her post graduate education in Organization Development. She earned her coaching credentials at the Gestalt International Study Center and is a certified International Coach Federation (ICF) coach.
Debra lives in her home state of Maine with her husband, Steve, where they enjoy the outdoors and travel excursions to experience and discover new places.
Susan Clancy is a leadership coach and business consultant who combines her senior management experience with expertise in human dynamics and coaching. She works as a trusted advisor to leaders, collaborating with them to create clarity, focus, and priorities for their work, their teams and their lives. Susan’s passion is helping managers in specialized disciplines like finance or technology communicate more effectively across functional lines including executive management and the Board. Susan has successfully coached entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, and individuals.
Prior to becoming a coach, Susan enjoyed a 20+ career in finance and strategy, including C-level roles in global for-profit and non-profit organizations. She played a leadership role at two early Internet pioneers (ZDNet and CNET Networks) and ran Finance and Impact Investing for a world leader in microfinance (Accion International.)
Susan is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Business School. She received her training and certification in coaching at the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, MA. (ICF-certified) She also completed a certificate program in Positive Psychology taught by noted psychology professor Tal Ben Shahar.
In addition to running her coaching practice, Susan serves as Chief Financial Officer of a non-profit civic engagement start-up. She also serves on the Board of the Gestalt International Study Center. When she’s not coaching leaders or analyzing financial statements, you can usually find Susan on the tennis court, hiking in the mountains or listening to mindfulness teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Allison serves a coaching client base while maintaining her position as CEO of F.H. Perry Builder. A noted local and national speaker Allison seeks to work with Emerging Leaders, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders and Teams in Transition.
Allison has a BS from Skidmore College and has studied business and leadership extensively, including certifications in Skills for Influential Leaders and Leadership in the 21st Century at the Gestalt International Study Center. She has honed her skill as a CEO of a Boston based business, and, in parallel, works with individuals and teams in multiple industries. Allison is a GISC-trained coach and is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
In her coaching practice, Allison supports the opportunity for deeper development and understanding of personal presence, impact, and strategic change. Allison believes strongly that individuals and teams cannot become who they want to be until they build a depth of awareness about who they are: why they make the choices they make, what limiting beliefs are at play, and what hidden commitments take energy. Allison is an advocate and a guide in discovery and uses coaching and speaking as a platform for radical empathy and experiential learning.
Allison joined her family business in 2000 and became owner in 2008. During her tenure with the company she has served on many industry Boards and was a member of the Boston Chamber’s Future Leaders class of 2008. Particularly dedicated to transformative education, Allison has sat on the Board of Trustees at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Touchstone Community School. Currently, Allison is a Mentor for the Eastern Mass National Association of the Remolding Industry (EMNARI) and is a Remodeling Thought Leader.
Allison has been recognized as a Banker and Tradesman New Leader, a Professional Remodeler magazine Rock Star and was named to the Commonwealth Institute’s list of Top 100 Women Led Businesses three years in a row. Allison was recently named a Distinguished Mentor by Design New England Magazine.
Laurie Fitzpatrick is an ICF-certified coach and a graduate of the Gestalt International Study Center (GISC) coach certification program.
She is now the Managing Director at GISC and an experienced leadership coach and communications professional. Laurie has a depth of corporate experience, having served as a co-owner of an international seafood business for 15 years, and as Director of Public Relations for an architectural firm.
Laurie has been a leader at GISC for more than ten years and brings an approach to coaching that begins with compassionate exploration and then moves to insight, action and integration. She believes that with proper support, every leader has the ability to reach their creative and leadership potential and to express all aspects of themselves.
Laurie is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston (B.A. Communications) and holds a Certificate in Publishing and Communications from Harvard University. Laurie is also a devoted yoga practitioner and has worked extensively in the non-profit world as a volunteer and leader.
Lisa McNeill has spent more than 25 years in the nonprofit sector helping to strengthen the capacity of people and organizations to address community issues, including in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, El Salvador, New York City, Washington, DC, and on Cape Cod.
Currently, Lisa is a consultant and coach, partnering with people, companies, nonprofit organizations, and communities for positive change. Since 1993, Lisa has been in key leadership positions with the international organizations, foundations and grassroots organizations, including two start-ups. Her work has also included researching and reporting on social, environmental, and economic issues facing local communities. She has served on local and state-wide Boards, including Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and she is currently Secretary of Cape Cod & Islands Commission on the Status of Women, and Board Chair of Pilgrim’s Landing, an Interspiritual Life Center in Chatham, MA.
Lisa holds an MA in International Development from American University and a BS in Business Administration from the University of St. Joseph. She received her Coaching certification from the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, MA and is ICF-certified. In addition to working with those in career and life transitions, Lisa has worked with clients in banking, manufacturing, natural resource management and mining, aeronautics, government, arts management, and the nonprofit sector.
Lisa lives on Cape Cod with her husband Ed and rescue dog, and she enjoys traveling, hiking, and writing poetry. Some of Lisa’s most gratifying and challenging experience came from being a foster parent with the Department of Children and Families for more than 10 years.
Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, ACC, is a certified coach, writer, author, change agent, and former primary care physician. She works with leaders across industries and has a special focus in working with women physicians and health care leaders.
Diane left clinical practice years ago, understanding only later that the cause had a name: professional burnout. Later, working with a coach, Diane was able to move beyond self-doubt to share her experience publicly. Professionals inside and outside medicine began to contact her to share their stories of burnout. Motivated by their experiences, her passion is improving the well-being of busy professionals and reducing burnout.
Working through the dark days of burnout to create a life and career that are doable and meaningful has given Diane a deep understanding of the needs of professionals whose lives are not working in their current state. She helps her clients identify their core values, create achievable goals, address obstacles such as address self-doubt and imposter syndrome, and move forward towards a better life.
• Stretched thin and feeling guilty about not doing a good enough job at work or at home?
• Just plain worn out, exhausted, depleted?
• Feeling you’ve lost the joy and meaning that drew you to your career in the first place?
• Held back by low self-confidence and imposter syndrome?
• Feeling like a “cog in the wheel” and powerless over changing the system?
If so, you’ve come to the right place! Diane has helped many professionals facing these challenges.
Diane is co-author of Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, published in 2016, and has spoken in various forums across the country on the topic of burnout and well-being.
She earned her BA in biology from Williams College, her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, and her master’s in public health from Harvard University. She completed training in an internal medicine residency program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and practiced primary care in Boston. Diane trained at the Gestalt International Study Center and has earned her ICF credential as an Associate Certified Coach.
When she’s not coaching or writing, Diane enjoys reading international spy novels, traveling with her architect husband, and having engaging, illuminating conversations with her three children. She resides in Boston.