Janet Aldrich, Director of Communications and Ministry Development
Janet came on board in July of 2017. Her position is all-encompassing, from overseeing social media and key communications to collaborating on fundraising and the creation of programs and retreats. She brings editing and publication experience, retreat planning, teaching, and the co-founding of a small, faith-based non-profit promoting centering prayer. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wells College and celebrates decades of life-long learning as a youth director and lay leader in Episcopal churches from Washington, DC, to New Hampshire.
Raised all over the United States as a child, Janet followed her heart in her mid-20’s to a year-long internship with a precursor to the Episcopal Service Corps at the Washington National Cathedral; she arrived for a year and stayed for 19, to delve into ecumenical riches of Washington, DC. From 2006 to 2008, she was Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, where she discovered the power of spiritual discernment among the peoples and politics of that profoundly faith-filled country. On her return from Africa, she came for a two-week visit to Baltimore and has lived here ever since!
Throughout her life, Janet has been a discerner and a pro-active pursuer of the Holy Spirit. She is excited to be part of a community devoted to the same. When not at Listening Hearts, she is a member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in West Baltimore, devotes herself to the growing lives of her eight godchildren, collects contemporary poetry, and swims long-distances while praying and musing on life.
Laura McConnell, Office Manager
Laura joined the staff in December 2015. As Office Manager, she tends to the responsibilities of the Listening Hearts office and coordinates the work of the ministry. With a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Hood College, a Masters in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore, years of experience in publishing and graphic design, and a strong sense of organization, Laura brings important expertise to the position.
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in the suburb of Silver Spring, MD, she has lived in Baltimore for nearly 24 years. Laura is a member of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, where she lives with her husband, son, and dog. In her spare time, she enjoys singing in the Brown Memorial choir and volunteering for her son’s school. She is excited to deepen working relationships, as she works closely with LHM Trustees, staff, and volunteers.