Our Staff

The Rev. Jan M. Brown is the Founding/Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul.  Jan is a person in long term recovery from addiction meaning she has not used drugs or alcohol or drugs since January 1, 1987.  She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology, is certified as a Recovery Support Specialist and is one of four people in the country certified as a Master Recovery Life Coach.  She is also an Addictions Educator and sought after speaker on topics of addiction, brain injury and recovery management.  Jan serves on the Board of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, the Board of Faces and Voices of Recovery, the SAMHSA BRSS-TACS Steering Committee and co-chairs the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  In 2014 she was appointed by the Governor of Virginia and serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.   In 2015 Jan was appointed by the Presiding Bishop to serve on the Commission on Impairment and Leadership.  In 2016 she was  ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church and since then as been serving as Deacon at Bruton Parish.

The Rev. Lauren McDonald is the Director of Spiritual and Community Programming 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 Theological Seminary in 2008. She has a Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families through the National Association for Children of Addiction and is a Level 1 USA Archery Instructor.  She co-chairs the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  Beginning in June 2016, Lauren began serving as the Associate Rector for Outreach and Women’s Ministries at Bruton Parish.


Lynn Smyth is the Volunteer Coordinator at SpiritWorks Foundation. She is the mother of a recovering addict.  Through her journey,  Lynn found a passion for nurturing those in recovery that SpiritWorks serves. She loves to celebrate birthdays, milestones and organize events and fundraisers that are designed to celebrate life in recovery.  Formerly a trial paralegal, Lynn has woven together a network of volunteer attorneys donate their time to help members of the SpiritWorks community to navigate their legal issues.  Lynn also serves SpiritWorks by monitoring pending state and federal legislation that promote recovery services and funding initiatives.  Lynn graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Political Science and received her paralegal certificate from the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, Georgia.  Last year, Lynn completed SpiritWorks’ peer recovery specialist training course.