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Two groups of individuals oversee and manage the Listening Hearts Ministries organization. These are our program office staff and our Board of Trustees.

Program Office
Our program office staff is responsible for administering all day-to-day activities of the ministry. Members of the program staff work closely with current and prospective clients to plan workshops that are appropriate for their circumstances, time horizons, and budget. Once an organization has decided to have us conduct a workshop or retreat, the program office staff remains in close contact with the client to ensure that the program is implemented smoothly. In carrying out their various responsibilities, the office staff is ably assisted by a dedicated group of volunteers who regularly contribute their time and various talents.

The Rev. Monique A. Ellison, Associate for Client Development and Evangelism

Laura McGuire, Associate for Communications

Sue Wenzlick, Office Manager

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

Mike Croghan

The Rev. Tim Grayson

Joseph P. Gill

The Rev. Canon Nathan LeRud

The Rev. Bruce McPherson

Lee Owen

Frances Sullinger

Program Leaders

Program Associates and Senior Program Associates have been trained to lead various Listening Hearts Ministries' programs.

Stephanie Hull

Frances Sullinger

Mary Ann Ryan

Bishop Robert Ihloff



The Rev. Monique A. Ellison, Associate for Client Development and Evangelism  Monique Ellison

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 McGuireLaura McGuire, Associate for Communications

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 other social media; keeping in touch with our many donors; and sending quarterly e-newsletters to the Listening Hearts mailing list. She has a degree in Philosophy and Women's Studies 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.

Sue Wenzlick

Sue Wenzlick, Office Manager

Sue Wenzlick joined the staff of Listening Hearts Ministries in 2012. With a strong sense of organization and a keen eye for detail, she manages the office, tending to the day-to-day financial operations, coordinating the program activity, and overseeing the intranet site that she developed to track organizational information and the daily work of the ministry. After earning a degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics from James Madison University, she began her career at Westinghouse. Her path changed once she was married and had two sons. She has taught religion, music, and math at St. Philip Neri School; served as Youth Minister at St. Philip Neri parish; and held the position of Office Administrator at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Throughout the years, she has taught private piano lessons and tutored math students.

Her volunteer activities reflect how deeply her life is rooted in her faith. She served on the Secretariat of the Cursillo Movement of Baltimore for seventeen years and was Lay Director for the Cursillo Movement of Baltimore for six years, meeting with the Archbishop annually. Currently Sue is a member of the Cursillo Region 2 Service Team that represents fourteen dioceses. In a volunteer capacity, she also coordinates fundraising activities for St. Philip Neri Church, Mount St. Joseph’s High School, and HOPE for All, a Christian ministry that provides basic needs for people without sufficient resources. Along with all of this, Sue enjoys singing, playing the piano, and playing the guitar.