Two groups of individuals oversee and manage the Listening Hearts Ministries organization. These are our program office staff and our Board of Trustees.
Board of Trustees
The Listening Hearts Ministries Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing the policies of the organization and overseeing the activities of the program office. The board meets annually to evaluate the overall operations of the organization and seek consensus on issues that may impact on the future direction of the ministry. The executive committee establishes policies and meets regularly with members of the program office to review the ongoing operations of the organization. The administrative committee meets monthly to monitor finances and administer policies. All board decisions are reached by consensus and grounded in the practice of spiritual discernment.
Suzanne Farnham, Founder
R. Taylor McLean, President
Alice Dorrance, Vice President
Patricia Brown, Treasurer
Barbara Cates, Secretary
Program Associates and Senior Program Associates have been trained to lead various Listening Hearts Ministries' programs.
The Rev. Monique A. Ellison, Associate for Client Development and Evangelism
The Rev. Monique Ellison came to Listening Hearts Ministries in 2010. In her role, she builds relationships with individuals and organizations, networking in order to hear people’s needs and better connect them with Listening Hearts’ resources. She introduces spiritual discernment to all kinds of religious groups through giving presentations, preaching, and leading workshops; she also organizes regular Training Weeks for Trainers.
A graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Monique was ordained to the priesthood in 2002. She first encountered the Listening Hearts guidelines in her pre-ordination discernment group, and Listening Hearts discernment made way for the Spirit to guide her to her current parish position as Priest-in-Charge at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Linthicum, Maryland. Monique lives in Glen Burnie, but she's like Chrysler: imported from Detroit. The gritty determination and compassion of the people of the Motor City continue to be a strong influence in her life. Besides knitting and cooking, Monique enjoys triathlon and is nearly always in training for the next big race.
Laura McGuire joined Listening Hearts Ministries at the beginning of 2013. Her work on the staff includes maintaining the website; managing Do-It-Yourself Discernment, the new Listening Hearts blog of discernment tools; cataloging Heartlinks, the Listening Hearts meditation library; updating the Facebook page, and sending quarterly e-newsletters to the Listening Hearts mailing list. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
In addition to her work here at Listening Hearts, Laura is a certified trainer for Godly Play and regularly is out consulting with congregations setting up new programs, enriching existing programs, and leading other training events. Laura is a native Baltimorean and has been a lay professional working within the Episcopal Church for over 15 years, most recently serving as the Lay Associate at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Baltimore City. She brings knowledge and experience of the Church on the local, diocesan, and national levels. She is passionate about the future of the church, whatever that will look like, and loves to knit, cook, and attend rock and alternative music concerts with her husband.
Office Manager Doris Walker started with Listening Hearts Ministries in 2002 and is responsible for all administrative aspects of the program office. She also oversees the day-to-day financial operations of Listening Hearts in areas such as payroll management, record-keeping, and budget preparation.
Program Manager Sue Wenzlick joined the staff of Listening Hearts Ministries in 2012. Once a program is on the calendar, Sue oversees preparations and the arrangements with clients. This includes gathering client information, arranging travel plans, keeping an inventory of all program supplies, ordering supplies when needed and supporting volunteers.
Sue graduated from James Madison University in 1987 with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. She began her career at Westinghouse, where she met her husband Dan. When her son Scott was born in 1993 Sue was fortunate to be able to be a stay at home mom while continuing computer work from home. In the spring of 1994 she became Head Swim Team coach at Andover, where she still works in the summer. Her second son, Bob, was born at the end of 1994.
Over the years Sue has held many part-time positions including office administrator at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Youth Minister, and teacher at St. Philip Neri Church in Linthicum. As a volunteer she coordinates fundraising activities at St. Philip Neri Church, Mount St. Joseph High School, and a local non-profit organization called H.O.P.E. (For All). Since 1997 Sue has been involved in the Cursillo Movement of Baltimore and currently is the Lay Director for this movement. Along with her organizing talent Sue enjoys singing, playing the piano, and playing the guitar.
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