Franklin AdkinsonFranklin Adkinson is an Episcopal layman with ecumenical and interfaith orientation, and a growing contemplative grounding. For 10 years he participated in and then facilitated group spiritual direction programs at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC. Franklin has established similar GSD offerings at the Well over the past five years. He also leads a fascinating program, Cosmos, Creator, Connectedness: Science Meets Spirit, at the Well. This program is based on Judy Cannato’s remarkable little book, Radical Amazement, which explains the new cosmology and ongoing evolution of life, and attempts to harmonize science and faith. He also leads a follow-up program based on Cannato’s final book, Field of Compassion. Franklin recently completed a term as president of Shalem’s Board of Directors, and has served on the Well’s Board. He is a professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Read an interview with Franklin.
Kathy BakerKathy Baker is a wife, mother of two, volunteer, and a graduate of the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She is an active member at Woodbrook Baptist church. She has a deep interest in spiritual development practices as well as supporting and affirming women in ministry. An adventurous spirit, Kathy loves the beach, traveling, writing, a good book, and stargazing on dark, clear nights. Kathy facilitates a number of Well programs, including Crossroad Companions and some retreats. One of her favorite quotes is from Michelangelo who, at the age of 87, declared “Ancora Imparo,” which is translated “I am still learning.” She hopes to make the same declaration on her 87thbirthday!
Ginny BarnhartVirginia Barnhart (”Ginny”) is a lawyer, wife, mother of two grown sons and a student at the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary, where she is pursuing a Master’s in Church Ministries with a concentration in spirituality. Ginny is the founder of the Well’s Daily Faith email devotions and has facilitated a number of Well programs, including Group Spiritual Direction, Women at the Well, and Crossroad Companions. Ginny also helps to design and lead spiritual retreats and workshops through the Well and her local Episcopal church and diocese, and offers centering prayer and guided meditation to persons undergoing chemotherapy.
Emily Bitner, MA, NCC
Emily helps to empower and facilitate healing for adults and youth with the tools and confidence to move through loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, personal growth, and other life transitions. She weaves together clinical interventions with in the moment intuitive response. She encourages clients to cultivate their own insight, knowledge and wisdom as she works with them in sessions. As part of an integrative approach, she also specializes in providing spiritually integrated counseling for clients who seek to discuss faith, spirituality, or any meaning-making system as part of the counseling process. Emily’s approach emphasizes the whole person, not just thoughts and behaviors, but truly mind, body, and spirit in counseling. She incorporates psychodynamic interventions, mindful cognitive behavioral tools, and strength-based practices. She is also certified in life coaching, hypnosis and trauma sensitive yoga. Emily has a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and studied meditation and yoga in the U.S. and India. She also offers yoga and mindfulness techniques in client sessions. In addition to working with individual clients, she offers mental health focused yoga/mindfulness classes, workshops, and is available to speak on yoga and mindfulness as it connects to mental health.
Mimi regularly enjoys Mystics on Monday at the Well and Holy Living, Living Wholly at Emmanuel Monastery. She always accepts opportunities to be with and pray with the Benedictine Sisters. For over 40 years, Mimi was an educator in both parochial and public schools. She especially enjoyed her last years of teaching as a Reading Specialist in Baltimore County working with small groups of children.
Joanne is semi-retired from Baltimore Public Schools. After spending many years as an early childhood educator instilling a love of learning in our youngest children, she is on a lifelong quest to explore new ways of using her skills to enhance the lives of others. Joanne believes in the power of education with an open mind and the inevitability of change. Discovering the Well has been a great addition to the continuation of this journey.
Kirsten A. Cardegna
Kirsten A. (Kiri) Cardegna, MSEd, LCSW, was in Jungian analysis in New York for more than five years with Dr. Gregg Furth, who did his analytical training at the Jung Institute in Switzerland. Upon moving from New York to Baltimore in 2002 she retired her psychotherapy practice and started teaching Jungian psychology for those in the second half of life, gradually helping interested people to amplify their dreams in individual and group sessions. She finds working a dream with someone to be nothing less than a spiritual experience. Thus, dream work is her passion.
Greg became the Well’s part-time executive director in July of 2010. Greg is also part-time associate pastor at Woodbrook Baptist Church. He holds a Master’s degree 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, photography, woodworking, music, and being a spiritual companion.
Gordon CreamerGordon Creamer holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. He has many years of experience in various ministries, including spiritual direction, retreat work, and religious education. He has also been involved in programming and operations in healthcare since 2001 at various assisted living, skilled nursing, and hospice care communities. Having a passion for meeting the spiritual needs of the individuals that he serves in an important piece of his outreach, particularly those individuals with memory impairment. Gordon has facilitated numerous retreats and workshops over the last several years that focus on creating opportunities for participants to explore and enhance their spirituality through various media and channels.
Sara EisenbergSara is a wisdom guide and healer. Sara has studied Nondual Kabbalistic Healing with A Society of Souls’ founder Jinen Jason Shulman since 1995, and holds an M.S. in Herbal Medicine. She is in private practice at Ruscombe Community Health Center, teaches at the MD University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia Institute) and she is the founder of A Life of Practice, her online home where she integrates her work in Nondual Kabbalistic Healing, Herbal Medicine, and Creative Inquiry.
Barbara is a physical therapist and personal trainer for women and currently practices in an orthopedic setting. She is also a Pilates instructor and participates in Yoga. She has watched the growth of many as they find a strong core, increased mobility, and balance. Barb embraces the journey towards a healthy soul and body for everyone and feels blessed to have the opportunity to share in the spiritual growth of women at the Well. She is a member of a Presbyterian church and the mother of three boys.
Karen GillisSince 2006, Karen’s expression of faith has grown more creative and fulfilling through enriching Well programs and experiences. As a facilitator for Women at the Well, a pilgrimage and retreat planner, and a frequent participant in creative workshops, Karen is grateful for the Well community that promotes noticing, listening, appreciating, and responding to God’s presence in everyday life. Karen brings experience in interfaith relations, teaching ethics, and a fondness of poetry to her work with the Well. She especially enjoys time she and her husband David and their two children spend together at their favorite mountaintop lake. She also loves discovering masterful writers, tending plants and birds in the garden, and planning travel adventures for family and friends.
Bev GormanBev Gorman is a Registered Nurse who began a journey into self-discovery and awakening several years ago through the aid of the spiritual tool of the Enneagram. Bev has found profound truths about herself through the Enneagram, which invites us to look deeply into the mystery of our true identity and our divine Essence. She is currently in the process of becoming a certified enneagram teacher through The Enneagram Institute. She teaches classes and retreats on the Enneagram. Bev has been married for 30 years, and has four children and three grandchildren.
Pete’s journey with the Well began with a felt need for spiritual direction. He’s been pastor of the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren for over 25 years. Ask him about his four grown children (and one step-daughter), and he’ll proudly fill you in. Music has been a key part of his spiritual life, putting scripture and experience into verse as a songwriter. He’s enjoyed camp ministry – counseling and directing many a week, as well as serving on local and denominational teams. Helping youth develop leadership skills has also been a passion, working as an advisor on a district level. He’s a sci-fi fan, a dabbler in history, and a cat person.
Mabeth HudsonMabeth is co-founder of the Well and a retreat leader, community builder, writer, and spiritual guide/director. After practicing law for the early part of her career, she helped birth the Well through intentional discernment in community, and continues that work by serving on the Well’s leadership team and chairing the Program Circle. She also oversees the Women at the Well curriculum development. Mabeth holds a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law and Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care from Loyola University Maryland. She is married, has three young adult children, and lives on a farm. Read an interview with Mabeth.
Patricia Kirk, OSBPatricia is a Benedictine Sister of Baltimore at Emmanuel Monastery in Lutherville, MD. She served as prioress for twelve years, concluding in 2005, and served a five-year term as a councilor on the community leadership team. Tricia is a spiritual director, retreat director, and facilitator of prayer and discernment, and an active member in justice and peace issues in her community and with the P. Francis Murphy Justice and Peace Initiative.
Nellie LauthNellie Lauth, MSW, is a spiritual pilgrim who has spent over 40 years investigating the capacity of forgiveness and love through her Christian roots, integrating the teachings of Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, and other traditions. The author of Buddhist Footprints in a Christian Heart and a speaker, therapist, and healer, she continues to work tirelessly to inspire individuals in the cultivation of compassion and kindness through reconciliation. She has facilitated retreat, workshops, chanting/meditation, and contemplative practices for decades, integrating teachings from a diverse spiritual repertoire.
Maggie LearsMaggie Lears is a professor of communication at Towson University and an active member of Corpus Christi Church in Bolton Hill. She firmly believes that we all have much to learn from each other – we are all students and teachers in this life. Maggie enjoys volunteering, dancing, the beach, and anything related to food, but mostly she loves hanging out with her grown children and “perfect” grandchildren. She is very enthusiastic about continuing her spiritual journey with all of the wonderful people at the Well. Read an interview with Maggie.
Kathy McNany, OSBKathy is a Benedictine Sister of Baltimore at Emmanuel Monastery in Lutherville, MD, and has lived monastic life for more than 40 years. She is a spiritual director, retreat director, leadership guide, and facilitator of prayer and discernment. Her interests are in the areas of ecumenism, justice, discernment, and organizational development. Kathy has taught middle school and served on the retreat staff at Bon Secours Spiritual Center for 10 years. She is an avid reader and is a lover of music and poetry.
Donna MollenkopfDonna is a Women at the Well facilitator, curriculum writer, and leader of some of the Well’s Mystics programs. A former Well board member, she has experience as a retreat leader, pilgrimage guide, and small group leader. Donna is the co-author of two books on spirituality and is an active member of her Lutheran church. A graduate of Shalem’s Soul of the Executive program, Donna values a contemplative stance. She is married, mother of a grown son, two grown stepsons, and a happy grandmother.
Liz NealLiz began journaling 29 years ago during a difficult period in her life. She says God has blessed her with a “heart for journaling” and she now focuses on helping others discover the numerous benefits and insights that regular journaling can bring to their lives. Liz and her husband live in Cockeysville, and they have three grown daughters and four grandchildren. She has worked in education as a teacher and administrator for over 31 years. She loves spending time with grandchildren, traveling, and watching the Orioles.
Dorothy is happily retired as a Catholic school junior high teacher and school administrator. She has a master’s equivalency in Religious Studies from La Salle College, PA. and Boston College. A Holy Union Sister for 30 years and presently an associate of the same community, she continues her search for spiritual development and has grown personally from all that she experiences at Emmanuel Monastery. Dorothy believes that what is received should be shared.
After a long career as an administrator in museum and university settings, Mari now plumbs the depth of relationships with the spiritual communities she encounters. She is an elder and active member of Second Presbyterian Church, a spiritual director, hospice volunteer, and a Stephen Minister. Mari is a widow whose son, daughter-in-law and year-old granddaughter live too far away in New Jersey.
Virginia RugemerVirginia has been associated with the Benedictines since 2003 and is studying to an Oblate member of the community. She believes the program Holy Living/Living Wholly is enriched by the diversity of participants who attend year after year. When not volunteering weekly at the monastery, she and her husband of 44 years travel to visit their children in Connecticut and Montana.
Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan is a successful psychotherapist in private practice and an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Maryland. She has a M.S in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling. Heidi teaches spiritual approaches to stress reduction and parenting alongside numerous workshops that integrate positive psychology and spirituality. She has co-authored academic articles and book chapters. She lives with her husband and two sons in northern Baltimore County.
Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Stewart Sicking
Joseph A. Stewart-Sicking is an Episcopal priest and associate professor of pastoral counseling at Loyola University Maryland, where he directs the PhD program. His scholarship has focused on the relationship between spiritual direction and psychotherapy amidst contemporary spiritual and religious trends. He is also an experienced spiritual director and counselor in a variety of settings. He is the author of Spiritual Friendship after Religion (2016, Morehouse Press).
Becky is an artist, art teacher, writer, and creative spirit. She has led adults and teenagers in personal, spiritual, and faith development for over 20 years. Becky leads several creative programs at the Well, including creative journaling and The Creative Way. She is a mom, the wife of a priest, and is active in the Episcopal Church.