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 is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, presently serving at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA.  She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology, is certified as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist and is currently an international scholar in the International Programme on Addiction Studies. Jan will receive her Master of Addiction Science Degree in 2018 through a specialized program with King’s College in London, the University of Adelaide and Virginia Commonwealth University. Jan is also an Addictions Educator and sought after speaker on topics of recovery-oriented systems of care, recovery support services and recovery management. Jan serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery, Recovery Consultant on SAMHSA States Targeted Response (STR) Technical Assistance Center Team, Consensus Panel member for the SAMHSA TIP – Peer Recovery Support Specialists and co-chair of the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  In 2014 she was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.

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.