Senior Associate Director, Nursing, Education, Social Policy & Practice
Dr. Sharon Fleshman has been with Career Services since 2000 and serves students and alumni of the School of Nursing, Graduate School of Education, and the School of Social Policy and Practice. As she advises those seeking social impact careers, she enjoys empowering them to find their career fit by discovering and articulating their skills, strengths and work values as they reflect on their experiences. Sharon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She has also earned master’s degrees from New York University’s Stern School of Business and Westminster Theological Seminary as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree from Northern Seminary. Before coming to Career Services, Sharon had advisory roles in consulting firms and a faith-based non-profit. As an ordained minister, she enjoys reading, writing and speaking on spirituality, vocation, and social justice. She has quite a sweet tooth and is known throughout Career Services as a lover of chocolate.
Specialties and InterestsSchool of NursingSchool Social Policy and PracticeGraduate School of Education
Associate Director, Nursing/Education/Social Work
Dr. Esther Ra is an advisor for students and alums in the schools of Nursing, Education, and Social Policy and Practice. She has worked in the field of education in a myriad of roles, including administration, research, supervision, professional development, and teaching. She has also enjoyed teaching internationally in Seoul, South Korea. In addition to advising at Penn, Dr. Ra is also an Adjunct Professor, teaching graduate students at Cabrini University. She earned a Doctorate of Education in Reading, Writing, and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as, a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Sociology, from Barnard College, Columbia University. She also holds a Certificate in TESOL from Biola University. She enjoys interacting and advising students, guiding and mentoring them towards a steered interest or passion.