Who We Are

We are a team who initially came together through our interest in Life Design, and our partnership has flourished through our shared values, deep friendship and respect for each other. Our partnership is founded on our love of service to community; creative, holistic, embodied approaches to wellbeing; and inclusive leadership and social justice. We continue to evolve our work to meet the ever-changing challenges of our world.

Heather Shaughnessy-Cato

Co-founder & Partner
Certified DYL Facilitator
Fieldbrook Advising
Self-compassion & yoga teacher, Facilitator, Mom, Wife/Partner, friend

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  • Experience: 10+ years in Development/Fundraising in Arts & Culture and Higher Education, 10 years as Mind-Body Teacher (yoga, mindfulness, self-compassion), 3 years as therapist with clinical experiences in a college counseling service and a hospital, Part-time “stay at home” parent (perhaps more aptly described as unsung hero…?).
  • Design Focus: Navigate life with awareness, curiosity and courage!
  • Today: Teaches self-compassion + yoga + life design
  • Purpose: Empowerment and emotional wellbeing

    Heather’s offerings focused on emotional wellbeing through self-compassion, mindfulness and yoga can be found at heathershaughnessy.com.

Joan Cheverie

Co-founder & Partner,
Certified DYL Facilitator
Fieldbrook Advising

Leadership Coach, Potter, Volunteer, Wife, Friend

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  • Experience: 30+ years in higher education, librarian & information professional, leadership development for higher education association
  • Design Focus: Emotional intelligence, conversational intelligence, using design thinking for sustainable change
  • Today: Business co-owner, leadership coach, & potter
  • Purpose: Empowering people to recognize, embrace, & use their talents & skills

Michael Cato

Certified DYL Facilitator,
Fieldbrook Advising
Father, Husband, Brother, Son, Information Technology Executive focused in Higher Education

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  • Experience: 20+ years in Information Technology (IT) with a Higher Education focus; 15+ years in IT Leadership; 6 years as a Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Design Focus: Inclusive Leadership
  • Today: IT Executive in Higher Education; Leadership Development Facilitator; Mentor; pseudo/kinda/almost CrossFit athlete
  • Purpose: Empower people to foster innovation through inclusive leadership.