Below you will find a list of our staff and board members. Please click a person's name if you would like to e-mail that person. You are also welcome to call our drop-in center at (410) 523-1694 during operating hours. We are happy to help.
Mary Chirico has been working as a Peer Support Specialist since 2009 and in June 2015 became the Program Director at Hearts and Ears. After a long struggle with mental health and addiction issues Mary has dedicated herself to helping others on their road to recovery. Educated in both Psychology/Sociology and a certification in Case Management from the Community College of Baltimore County, Mary is also a graduate of the Shapiro Training and Employment Program (STEP). She is a registered member of International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) and holds current certification a Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator.
PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Ken Jiretsu is the Peer Support Specialist at Hearts & Ears. As a transman in the LGBTQPIA community, Ken is very involved in advocacy and helping to address issues of discrimination and violence against transgender individuals in Baltimore City. He is currently working to obtain his general studies degree at CCBC Essex and is planning to transfer to a four year university to pursue his degree in Allied Health & Human Services. He is also an entrepreneur & artist in the LGBTQPIA community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LAURA HAAS, BSN
Laura Hass has been Hearts and Ears board president for three years. Previously a registered nurse at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems Laura Haas has a great deal of expertise in the treatment of mental illness. With a degree in Nursing from York College of Pennsylvania Laura is positioned to provide Hearts & Ears with a great deal of insight into the potential treatment of its members.