Jane Heil is a co-executive director. A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, Jane grew up in the post Vatican II church – discovering that many faith traditions feed her spirituality. She finds home in faith communities both here in Baltimore and in the Philadelphia area. After earning degrees in Theology and Human Services from the University of Scranton, she careered in publishing, specializing in religious book and magazine publishing. Jane was working in both operations and development for companies and organizations such as Barnes & Noble in New York, NY, Project HOME in Philadelphia, PA, Ten Thousand Villages in Akron, PA, The Other Side and Friends Journal magazines in Philadelphia, PA. Jane was appointed co-executive director of the Murphy Initiative in 2015 and currently works with the Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore as Administrative Director. She holds Benedictine and Buddhist spirituality dear. Jane is committed to peace and justice issues, specifically radical hospitality, efforts to end poverty, supporting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and the rights of the LGBTQ community. Jane’s an avid reader, hiker, enjoys cooking and spending time with her identical twin sister and niece. She lives in Lutherville, MD.

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Joan Marie Stief is a Benedictine Sister of Emmanuel Monastery in Lutherville, MD. She is an educator with a wide variety of experience in social justice ministry, religious community leadership, and Catholic school and adult education. Prior to joining the staff of the Murphy Initiative, Sr. Joan Marie worked in Parish Social Ministry at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. There she assisted parish committees and staff with fostering their social ministry. She also developed and presented programs, talks and retreats.

Joan Marie serves on her Benedictine community’s leadership team and is involved in a number of behind-the-scenes aspects of its “family life”. She shares her community’s deep concern for asylees, refugees and all immigrants as well as peace-building, locally and globally. Her education includes degrees from Seton Hall University and the University of Maryland and additional graduate studies at Boston College.



Tim is a West Virginia native hailing from the great city of Huntington.  He graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in both Political Science and Spanish.  He received his M.A. from Marshall University in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration.  In addition to his work at the Murphy Initiative, he is the founder and director of the only LGBTQ film festival in West Virginia and serves as the Communications Director for the ACLU-WV. He lives with his partner, three cats and a dog in Morgantown, WV.



Chris joined the Murphy Initiative staff in 2015 to assist with a leadership transition. Chris has more than twenty years of experience working in finance for the Episcopal Church and various non-profit organizations. After completing accounting studies at Towson University, Chris completed degrees from both Goucher College and University of Baltimore concentrating in Management. Chris is originally from the Washington, D.C area but has lived in Baltimore for over 30 years. Mother of two, and Grandmother to four high-spirited boys.

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