SpiritWorks Foundation

Center for Recovery of the Soul


Jan M. Brown, executive director, SpiritWorks Foundation, Williamsburg, VA Jan M. Brown is an advocate and champion for wellness and choice around living in recovery. Jan has lived in recovery from addiction since 1987. Jan’s vocation is as a consultant coach. Her areas of expertise are in addiction recovery and brain injury recovery. She serves in the role of recovery management and success coach for people throughout the country. In addition, Jan serves as founding and executive director for SpiritWorks Foundation Center for Recovery of the Soul, the Center for Addiction Recovery & Wellness.

Jan co chaired the Creating Opportunities Subcommittee that worked to develop the recommendations for peer certification in Virginia and in 2013 served as a subject matter expert working on the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) peer recovery credential.  Jan is presently a postulant for holy orders in the Episcopal Church to the Diaconate.   Jan earned a B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 1996. She received her Associate Coach Credentialing with the International Coaching Federation in January 2009 and achieved certification as a Professional Recovery Coach through Crossroads Coaching in 2008.


The Rev. Lauren McDonald is the Director of Community Relations at SpiritWorks Foundation. Lauren has been a friend and volunteer of SpiritWorks since 2008 and began employment in January 2012. She has been living in recovery from co-dependence since February 2011. Lauren is an Episcopal priest with a passion for healing and spiritual practices. At SpiritWorks she oversees volunteer management, faith community education and training, and recovery ministry.

Lauren received a B.A. in Speech and Theatre Arts from The University of the South in 1991 and a M.Div. from Seabury Western in 2008. She has a Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families through the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.