About Us

Canopy Consultants grew out of a job share, which turned into a friendship, that led to the discovery of a shared passion. The calling to be in leadership came early on in our careers, so too did the enjoyment we got out of seeing others thrive in their leadership practice.

We have both been inpatient nurse directors and held senior leader positions in large complex organizations. We are fully aware of the uniquely demanding environment that today's nursing and healthcare leaders face.

In addition to the joy we find in developing leaders, we also share a commitment to:

  • the power of authentic leadership

  • humility in action

  • the recurring value that investment in leadership creates

  • getting to yes

  • staying grounded in patient care

Contact us today to learn how we can work with you, or your team.

An experienced Nurse Executive with over fifteen years of progressive leadership roles in acute care academic medical centers, higher education, and ambulatory care. Stacy brings her years of operations leadership, curriculum design and vision for nursing ambulatory professional practice.

Stacy obtained her BSN from Saint Anselm College, her MS in Nursing Administration and MBA from Northeastern University, and her PhD from Boston College. Her dissertation research examined the influence of authentic leadership and structural empowerment on patient quality outcomes at the care unit level.

Stacy's greatest professional joys come from developing leaders to find their voice and skills in service to patient care excellence and healthcare transformation.

Recent Experience

  • Stacy served as Chief Nurse Officer at Boston Hope field hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic where she hired, trained and supported nursing staff that came from across the United States to care for an under-served patient population in need.

  • Stacy's ability to partner with interdisciplinary colleagues and establish a team and culture anchored on the Magnet principles resulted in a team that was prepared to provide patient care excellence and engage in exceptionally rapid cycle improvements.

  • Stacy most recently served as the Associate Chief Nurse of Professional Practice at Atrius Health, a 25 site, multi-specialty ambulatory system where she partnered with Nurse Executives and the C-Suite to execute on a vision of team-based care. Her work focused on realizing the full value of RN, LPN and medical assistant team members working at the top of their scope of practice in an empowered work environment to enhance patient care.

Sara's desire to support and grow leaders comes from the tremendous mentorship and coaching she has benefited from in her fifteen years as a nurse and administrative leader. She is skilled at finding the commonalities that create shared purpose in diverse teams and in identifying the strengths each member brings to the table.

Drawn to putting ideas into action and by the expertise and passion of those closest to delivering care, Sara has launched new services, designed new staffing models and implemented care re-design innovations that improved patients' experience of care.

Sara is a BSN graduate of Wilkes University and received an MS in Nursing and an MBA from Boston College. Her proudest professional achievements have been when she has witnessed what becomes possible when a leader discovers voice and moves reflection to action.

Recent Experience

  • Sara most recently served as the Senior Administrative Director for Clinical Operations in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She led the administrative clinical operations for the outpatient, consult, emergency and inpatient clinical services. Partnering closely with physician colleagues and administrative teams to ensure advancements in care delivery and improvements in access to much-needed services, in her tenure she reduced the average wait time for an outpatient visit, implemented an RN model for an injection clinic and supported the launch of a multidisciplinary team-based care delivery model.

  • Sara's ability to rapidly move from assessment to action was relied on during the COVID-19 surge when she was tasked with serving as the project manager for the hospitals nurse staffing plans.

  • Sara designed and launched a web-based staffing data application at Mass General during the first COVID surge to collect accurate data related to available nurse staffing compared to needed staffing. The application provides nurse executives with real-time information on acuity to better predict and meet patient needs with available staff and remains in use today.


Mary J. Connaughton, RN, MS, (Ret.)

Principle and Founder Connaughton Consulting

I have known and worked with Sara & Stacy for over 15 years through numerous leadership workshops and mentoring experiences. They always stood out to me as being extraordinarily intelligent, curious, and thoughtful about leadership: their practice and the practice of those they managed. It was a delight to see them evolve into superior leaders themselves and observe the powerful impact they have had in every role and setting over the years. I worked intensely with Stacy and Sara specifically to transfer to them the content and presentation of my program: “You’re Willing to Lead…Let’s Chart the Course”, designed for health care leaders in non-managerial roles. This program is based on the cross-cultural research of Dr. Angeles Arrien. I have also transferred to them the strength-based coaching model I developed and used over two decades. They have designed numerous additional programs to align with the needs of emerging, novice, and advanced leaders.

As a consultant for over 20 years, I am fully aware of the need for leadership development in every health care role and level. It is very reassuring to see that Stacy and Sara have partnered to form Canopy Consultants. The health care practice and academic communities will be well served by their expertise and wholehearted passion for optimizing the leadership potential in every individual and team. I consider it a blessing to have found such wise and capable leaders to carry on this transformative work.