Rebecca Coyne is the Executive Director of 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.
Jim Pautz is the Associate Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education. He oversees the program’s finances, operations, and staff development.
Jim previously led instruction and program delivery as Vice President at Fullbridge, an education technology company with the mission of developing young professionals’ business and career skills. In addition to leading a team of three dozen instructors, Jim managed all of Fullbridge’s programs for lawyers and law students.
Prior to his work at Fullbridge, Jim was Senior Admissions Officer and Assistant Director of International Admissions for Harvard College. He is currently a Resident Tutor at Harvard, where he advises undergraduates on academic issues, career opportunities, and post-graduate fellowships.
He earned his A.B, summa cum laude, Ed.M., and M.B.A. from Harvard.
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.
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.
Marketing Outreach and Project Manager
Stephanie Gordon is the Market Outreach and Project Manager 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 for 7 years 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.
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. He joined Executive Education in 2013 after spending several years with the New England Board of Higher Education.
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.
Jacquelyn Kenahan has been a Program Coordinator for Harvard Law School Executive Education since 2015. She works with the team and program faculty to prepare and deliver HLSEE programs. Prior to joining the team four years ago, Jacquelyn held an Operations Supervisor role in Harvard Law School’s Office of Event Scheduling and Support. She brings to her current role her expertise of campus policies and procedures to assist with programs and departmental operations.
Jacquelyn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2007. Her academic background provides an appreciation for the importance of developing leadership skills in technical fields. Her passion for professional development propelled her to pursue a Master’s in Leadership at Northeastern University; she is expected to graduate in Spring 2020.
Jacquelyn also served on Harvard Law School’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Board from 2016-2019, an staff-led organization dedicated to providing leadership development opportunities and training for the Harvard community. She is a Cambridge resident and active within her community. Jacquelyn frequently volunteers at various events around Cambridge and Boston in her free time. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she loves to travel and make connections with new people.
Esteban M. Guijarro joined Harvard Law School Executive Education as a Harvard University undergraduate student employee in December 2013. At the present time Esteban has decided to postpone his formal education at Harvard, yet has happily retained his commitment to the Executive Education team. In June 2018, Esteban graduated with honors from the Professional Chef’s Program through the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Within the office, he works with other team members on the architecture and execution of our various programs, and continues to juggle various other tasks and responsibilities as needed. More uniquely, Esteban has fomented a fair amount of humor, gregariousness, and amusement in the Executive Education office. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, working out, traveling, and is an avid volunteer for several local and international organizations.
Jennifer Evans joined Harvard Law School Executive Education in July 2018. She is responsible for providing general assistance to various Executive Education Programs. In addition, she assists Professor Scott Westfahl with his J.D. Curricula.
Jennifer graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Plant Pathology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Sustainability.