Board of Directors

Cecelia Amaral

Chair, 2014-2018

Cecilia believes deeply in each human being’s capacity for growth and development. Untapping and redirecting an individual’s potential has been her life’s work as an educator, psychotherapist, spiritual director, and professional life coach. Cecilia’s commitment to the Well’s mission is fostered by the giftedness of those with whom she serves and an appreciation for the fertile ground that the Well programs offer to all participants. Cecilia received her Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and is a certified professional coach. Her formation in spiritual direction in the Jesuit tradition of Ignatian spirituality has evolved into a model that welcomes diverse spiritual traditions and practices.

Maggie Lears

Vice Chair, 2013-2018

Maggie is a professor of communication at Towson University and an active member of Corpus Christi Church in Bolton Hill. She is a chair of the Well’s Marketing and Communications Circle and co-facilitated the Mindfulness Retreat. Maggie is enthusiastic about continuing her spiritual journey through programs at the Well. Read an interview with Maggie.

Greg A. Cochran

Executive Director

Greg is part of a three-person leadership team as the executive director at the Well. He is also part-time associate pastor for children, youth, and spiritual formation at Woodbrook Baptist Church. He holds a Master’s in Divinity in Christian Education, a B.S. in Administrative Management, and is a graduate of Shalem Institute’s Spiritual Guidance Program.  A South Carolina native, Greg and his wife Carole have two children. Greg enjoys hiking, music, woodworking, photography, and being a spiritual director.

Paula Schonewald

Secretary, 2017-2020

Paula Schonewald relocated to the Baltimore area from New England in 2016. She holds a M.Ed., and has worked in public schools and libraries. She has also written for two newspapers, first as a freelance correspondent, then as a columnist. Most recently, she edited a memoir of the remarkable life of a woman who served in WWII. Paula’s passions include walking, reading, yoga, and Qi Gong. She and her husband, Eric, enjoy their two rapidly growing teenage boys and their exuberant yellow lab, Sasha.  She is thankful to have found the Well and to be serving on its board.

Gail F. Levy

Treasurer, 2017-2020

Gail is the founder and president of The Levy Advantage, a management consulting firm that provides strategic planning, business development, and operational effectiveness for health systems, private health care practices, professional associations, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Previously, Gail taught clinical procedures and practice management at the University of Maryland Baltimore and University of Tennessee Memphis. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Gail also earned a MA from UMBC and a Certificate in Management from Goucher College.

Scott Slater

Board Listener

The Rev. Scott Slater is an Episcopal priest and has served in the Diocese of Maryland since 2001. After serving as rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Baltimore, he began serving on the bishops’ staff as the canon to the ordinary in July of 2010. He was a founding board member of Well for the Journey and former president of the board. His church passions are Christian formation, administration, and hospitality. His personal passions are his wife and two teenage sons, running, gardening, and any form of puzzle. Read an interview with Scott.

Rachel Cunningham


Rachel Cunningham is, in addition to being a wife and mother, the director of children and family ministries at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. She is a graduate of the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary where she received her Master’s in Church Ministry with a concentration in Religious Education. For many years Rachel has been a regular participant of the Thursday morning Women at the Well group where she has been fed spiritually. She enjoys designing and facilitating opportunities for spiritual growth and is grateful for the chance to share this passion with the Well.

Pegeen D’Agostino


Pegeen recently “retired” from Mercy High School where she has served since 2005 as associate principal, principal, and most recently interim president. She has degrees from Mount Saint Agnes College and Loyola University Maryland, and graduate courses for certification in administration from Fordham University. Pegeen’s core competencies include teacher development, administration, curriculum design, business development, and process improvement. She has been a regular particiant in our Women at the Well program.

Dianne Gilbert


Bio to come.

Robin Levine


Dr. Robin Levine is a Baltimore native who currently resides in Houston, Texas. She holds a MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a DrPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Robin’s favorite Well for the Journey program is the annual Well by the Sea women’s retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. She says, “The annual retreat serves as my soul’s rest stop as I travel along life’s beautiful and sometimes mountainous journey.”  As a start-up entrepreneur, Robin brings her passionate focus on capacity building and community-based organizations to her work as a Well board member. She believes that community-based organizations like the fill a vital humanitarian need for individuals who seek out programs and services. Robin is proud to serve as a board member and looks forward to contributing to the Well for the Journey’s continuing success