Program Leaders

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

Senior Program Associates

Frances Sullinger was trained in Listening Hearts discernment in 1990, then as a trainer in 2001. She is an active Listening Hearts trustee. Francis took a lead in developing the “Community Discernment of Calls to Ministry” program and is active in the church at both the parish and diocesan levels. Her background includes teaching at the university level as well as facilitating professional seminars for the State Department. She resides in Centreville, Virginia.


Stephanie Hull was trained as a Listening Hearts Trainer in 1990 and is a co-author of Grounded in God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations. She has extensive experience leading programs. Stephanie has been active in parish and diocesan affairs, including leadership positions as Senior Warden of Memorial Church and Chair of the Claggett (diocesan conference center) Committee. She is a mentor in the Education for Ministry program. Stephanie lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Program Associates

Mary Ann Ryan, of Washington, D.C., holds a doctorate in higher education and has been leading Listening Hearts programs since attending the Training Week for Trainers in 2001.  She is active in the healing prayer ministry, centering prayer group, and discernment ministry at St. Columba’s Church in Washington, DC.


 The Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, serves on the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Episcopal Divinity School. As a program associate with Listening Hearts Ministries, he is responsible for leading retreats for clergy groups.