Program Faculty

Charles A. Tweedly, Ed.D.


Dr. Charles Tweedly is the Director of the Center for Innovative Professional Development at Pine Manor College. From 2009 to 2013 Dr. Tweedly was an Assistant Professor in the Management and Organizational Change Department at Pine Manor College and a part time faculty at Northeastern University in the Education Doctoral program.

In addition to his work in higher education Dr. Tweedly is also an independent consultant in the area of Training, Organizational Development and Change Facilitation. He is also a certified Action Learning Coach. Areas of expertise include organizational development, cultural integration for mergers and acquisitions, change process design and facilitation, and strategy development and deployment. His clients include such notable companies as Pratt & Whitney, Otis Elevator, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, UTC Fire and Security and Pfizer.

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Dr. Tweedly was an internal consultant in Leadership and Organizational Development for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines. He played a key role in creating and facilitating comprehensive integration and change strategies for numerous restructuring programs, joint ventures, and merger/acquisitions in Asia, Europe, and the United States. As a Training Manager for Otis Elevator Company, he managed the training requirements for the Eastern United States and Canada.

A unique aspect of Dr. Tweedly’s' background is his extensive training and experience in the design and facilitation of large and small group change processes. He has been trained in Future Search, Search Conference, Participative Design, Whole Scale Change and Appreciative Inquiry. His practical experience and training in this area has given him the ability to integrate these diverse change processes into uniquely effective interventions.

Dr. Tweedly graduated from Bryant College with a Bachelors degree in marketing. He received his Masters in human resource development from Boston University and his Doctorate from George Washington University. His dissertation topic was Transformational Learning and Successful Dyslexics.

Rita B. Allen


Rita Balian Allen is the founder and president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a provider of career/talent management consulting and coaching services for individuals and organizations representing a variety of industries including high technology, biotechnology, financial services, professional services, medical devices/pharmaceuticals, higher education, healthcare and retail/consumer products. She has over 25 years of Human Resource Management experience in the areas of employment, employee relations, organizational development, compensation, benefits, executive coaching, and management development. Her specialty areas include executive coaching, leadership development, management training and career development.

In her previous role as Vice President of Marketing and Search Services with Gatti & Associates, a national search firm specializing in the search and placement of H.R. professionals, Rita directed firm wide marketing initiatives and specialized in senior level Human Resources search assignments. Prior to joining the firm, she held human resources positions with C.R. Bard, Inc., BTU International and Unitrode Corporation.

Rita holds a Master of Science in Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Thomas Bigda-Peyton


Thomas Bigda-Peyton is a consultant, researcher, and educator working across high-consequence industries such as aviation, healthcare, and workplace safety. As a practitioner-researcher for 25 years, and currently as President of Action Learning Systems in Boston, he has focused on widening and accelerating the pace of improvement in individual, organizational, and large-system change initiatives. Current programs include the We Don’t Compete on Safety Consortium (a development partnership between aviation and healthcare), the Health Transition Learning Partnership (an initiative designed to catalyze transformation in the Ontario healthcare system), and US 2025 (a program in the U.S. intended to dramatically reduce the cost of care in three states while making parallel improvements in quality, access to care, and patient safety). Tom holds a doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Intervention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he worked with two pioneers in the field of organizational learning and system dynamics, Chris Argyris and Don Schon. He also holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Harvard.

Clarissa Sawyer, Ed.D.


Clarissa Sawyer, Ed.D., is a Senior Consultant with the Greenly Group specializing in organizational assessment and diagnosis, team development, leadership, and action research. Most recently she was with The MITRE Corporation where she consulted to senior to mid-level executives and their teams. She has extensive experience creating and leading action learning that uses critical incidents to help organizations, teams, and individuals to identify, extend, and re-use their best practices.

From 2001 to 2007 Clarissa provided organizational development services to all levels of leadership at the Federal Aviation Administration. Before that she held consulting positions with the Arthur D. Little, Fine Line Consulting, Manchester Consulting, and Ibis Consulting Group, where her clients included Warner Lambert (now Pfizer), Deloitte Touche Tomatsu, Gillette, Morgan Stanley, and Aspect Medical Systems.

In addition, she has developed teaching cases on innovative leaders for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and The New York Case Studies in Public Management, a joint project of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York, and the Governor's Office of Employee Relations.

Dr. Sawyer has an Ed. D. from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, where she concentrated on leadership, organizational behavior and intervention. Her dissertation examined the leadership strategies used by a first-time female university president during a period of financial crisis in her institution. She holds an Ed. M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from University of Massachusetts Boston in Adult Learning and Development.

Laurence M. Childs, Ph.D.


Larry Childs is a seasoned leadership and organization development (OD) expert who increases the effectiveness of organizations, executives, and business leaders through strategic alignment, capability development, and full engagement of associates. Larry’s internal positions have included senior training and OD managerial responsibilities at Ford Motor Company, Texaco, Liberty Mutual and Raytheon. He has worked at MIT Sloan in the Career Development Office and as an independent consultant, outplacement coach and career advisor. He has taught at the university level on topics of organizational change and career development.

Larry has developed behavioral competency models for all levels of the organizational hierarchy. While at Liberty Mutual, he developed and used those competency models to create management training programs, job descriptions, interviewing protocols and performance management tools. He also designed personal development coaching plans for high potential managers and executives.

Working with executives and HR leaders, he identifies the development implications of business strategy for managerial bench strength and organizational capability. His acclaimed work has included building development programs for employees and managers at all levels, high potential employees, internal staff, and newly hired leadership candidates. Larry’s consulting results include entire management teams who are better aligned, capable of delivering on ambitious strategic plans, and leading teams fully focused on achieving the impossible.

Betty Doo, Ed.D.


Dr. Betty Doo is an Organizational Psychologist and Leadership Consultant with over 20 years of experience helping organizations and leaders excel. She is Principal Consultant for Betty Doo Consulting, a New England-based Leadership Development consulting firm and also on the Faculty at the Center for Innovative Professional Development at Pine Manor College. Dr. Doo’s professional background includes work in corporate and nonprofit settings where she has held internal positions in global manufacturing, professional services, healthcare and academia. She was previously Adjunct Professor in Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies Department, teaching in the Organizational Leadership Studies concentration in the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

As a Leadership Consultant Dr. Doo enjoys working with diverse industries, and leaders at varying levels within an organization. She has worked as an Executive Coach with the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program and is affiliated with Cornell University’s Executive MBA program. A partial list of companies she has worked with includes: Starwood Hotels, 3M, Liberty Mutual, Nortel Networks, Bayer Corporation, NovoNordisk, Liberty National Insurance, Sun Microsystems, University of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) and Casey Family Services.

Dr. Doo received her doctorate from Harvard University in “Human Development and Psychology”, an innovative, interdisciplinary, behavioral sciences program. She has received extensive training beyond her doctorate in various areas including: organizational change, management assessment, mediation, executive coaching, high performance management and clinical psychology. She is a Licensed Psychologist, and has extensive experience delivering assessments for individual and organizational leadership development.

Dr. Doo’s professional affiliations include: American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Consulting Psychology (APA, Division 13), the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Institute of Coaching Professional Association (Harvard Medical School Affiliate).

Janet Britcher, MBA


Janet Britcher holds an MBA with a concentration in Organization Development from Boston College. Her certifications include Myers-Briggs, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Lego Serious Play (a strategic facilitation process), Immunity to Change, The Cape Cod Model (a Gestalt-based group process), and ICF coach certification. She is a devotee of Carl Jung’s psychological concepts, having studied in Ireland, Vermont, and Boston, and has presented at the Jung Institute in Boston and is a coach supervisor for the MSPP Executive Coaching program.

Janet has worked as a consultant in her own business for over 12 years. She is a Certified Executive Coach with extensive experience coaching leaders whose responsibilities have expanded through promotion or organizational growth. Janet’s approach is to build on leadership strengths while developing additional competencies. She is skilled at raising strengths and patterns into awareness and encouraging clients to broaden their range. When leaders enhance their accountability and authenticity, the entire organization transforms business results.

She provides:

  • Individual coaching for leaders being promoted
  • Group coaching for middle managers
  • Coach development group for coaches taking their practice to a deeper level
  • Leadership & Management workshops
  • Board retreats and management team retreats

Janet brings over 20 years of corporate leadership roles in Management, Human Resources, and Organization Development to her coaching work, and she has personally managed groups of up to 60 employees. This HR and management background provides a solid foundation from which to coach clients as they explore effective leadership skills.