We are a Dallas-based agency consisting of a group of dedicated professionals and recovered individuals with a commitment to create no-cost, accessible and effective no-cost treatment programming to help alcoholic women and their families obtain long term, sustainable recovery.
The result is an innovative recovery community for women.
The Magdalen House is not a treatment center, though we provide a form of treatment for alcoholic women. We are a supportive-educational environment rather than a clinical or medical program. Because we serve people who already know they have “the problem”, we don’t directly provide assessment or clinical counseling services. We do, however, provide an intensive orientation to the solution of recovery embodied in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Located in East Dallas since 1987, The Magdalen House has played a role in changing the lives of thousands of women and their families in North Texas. Our facility is the first, and continues to be the only one of its kind in the area to provide this critical service to the community.
Board of Directors
James (JD) DollinsFacilities
Robin B. SeckelDevelopment
Jamie WaltersCapital Campaign
Michelle HopeMember at Large
Delia JohnsonMember at Large
Kay Colbert has been on the Board of Directors of The Magdalen House since 2009 and currently serves as Board Chair.
Harriet Shaw serves the Board of Directors as Governance Chair at The Magdalen House.
Her persevering, loyal and devoted leadership of making our world a better place is her passion.
She has served as Delegate, Chair, Co Chair, President or Board Member of the following civic or professional groups: AMC Cancer Research Center, Beth El Binai Synagogue, Candy Marcum Institute of Women Studies, International Conference of Gay and Lesbian Jews, Magdalen House, Metrotex Association of Realtors, Oaklawn MLS, Vogel Alcove, Women’s Community Association, and Women’s Business Association.
A professional career of over 50 years, spanning a wealth of entrepreneurship, always serving others, Harriet is a former Board Member and Vice President at David Griffin and Co. Realtors and now Partner at Keller Williams Urban Realty.
James (JD) Dollins
JD Dollins joined The Magdalen House as a volunteer in 1998 because Maggie’s House helped save his wife’s life. JD’s wife Connie was one of The Magdalen House’s first clients in 1988. After joining the board in 2007, JD began chairing/overseeing the maintenance of The Magdalen House, he is known as our “caretaker” around the house, and works tirelessly keeping everything in working order, so that we can keep the doors open for the next woman that needs our help, just like in 1988, when Maggie’s was there for his wife. Prior to serving on the Board, JD was a volunteer staff member for six years for the Dallas Divert Court (a drug court program that allowed first time offenders for simple possession to complete an eighteen month program that if completed successfully would expunge their record.) JD’s function was to teach a class for phase three participants where the participants learned to use the tools of recovery in everyday living, he also wrote the text book used in this class, which is also now in use in other Texas Drug Courts.
Tina Shuey is a Board Member and Alumni & Program Coordinator for The Magdalen House. A former client of The Magdalen House, her passion is to be a living example of the hope of recovery for women who are still suffering from untreated alcoholism. In her work with the Alumni Group, she helps keep former clients stay connected to the house through programs, service work and community involvement. Maggie’s House provided her with all of the tools she needed to start a new life and she credits her involvement in the Alumni Group as a cornerstone of her recovery. Tina brings over 15 years of marketing and advertising experience. She is currently the Communications Manager for a privately-owned company in Lewisville, Texas where she is able to use her talents to expand their market share in the healthcare recruiting industry.
Robin B. Seckel
Biography Coming Soon
Since 2011, Jamie Walters has served as a Board Member for The Magdalen House, devoted to providing a safe place for women seeking sobriety. As of 2015, she is also the Capital Campaign Co-Chair. Jamie has over 14 years of healthcare experience and partners with providers to improve their financial strength, raise patient standards and create revenue streams for various programs. She serves as a chapter leader for the HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) Lone Star chapter. Jamie is a Maggie’s alumnae and spends her time working with women at The Magdalen House.
Michelle Hope is a Dallas native and first visited the Magdalen House in 2013. She bring previous professional board experience to the agency along with a dedication to the service of helping woman in sobriety.
After attending Culinary School at El Centro CC she spent 7 years with a high profile caterer and handled corporate & social event planning.
Now her days are filled as a Sales Manager for a Gourmet Distributor in the Foodservice industry. When she is not working with others she enjoys reading, fitness and dining out.
Kate Dorff serves on the Board of Directors for The Magdalen House, and as the daughter of an alcoholic who lost his life to the disease, she is passionate about the Magdalen’s House’s mission and their commitment to helping alcoholic women and their family members find freedom and hope in sobriety.
Kate graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in International Relations from the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service. Her professional career began in Washington, DC where she served in various capacities during the George W. Bush Administration, including at the Department of Defense, and at the White House. While employed in the President’s service, she served as the Assistant for Arrangements in Mrs. Bush’s Social Office and later as the Deputy Associate Director in the Office of Public Liaison, where she managed such events as the Arrival Ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI. Upon returning to Texas, Kate was employed by Dallas-based PlainsCapital Corporation as Director of Special Events.
Kate has served on various non-profit committees throughout North Texas, and is active in her church, Highland Park United Methodist Church, but her most important job title is mom to her two sons, Collier and Rhett, and wife to her husband, John.
Jenny is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Business-Marketing and Baylor Law School where she earned her Juris Doctorate. Following law school, Jenny spent 11 years practicing law in the Dallas offices of Hughes & Luce, LLP and K&L Gates, LLP, where she was a Partner in the Commercial Litigation group. She later worked as Outside General Counsel for E Smith Realty Partners.
Over the last 15 years, Jenny has regularly volunteered in various charitable organizations around Dallas. Alcoholism has personally affected Jenny’s family, which is why she is passionate about helping The Magdalen House achieve its mission of helping alcoholic women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery.
Jenny is an active member of the State Bar of Texas and is active in her church, Highland Park United Methodist Church. Her favorite job of all is being a mom to her 3 sons, Garrett, Jay, & Cade, and wife to her husband, Brant.
Biography coming soon.
Lisa KroenckeExecutive Director
Ainsley DavidDirector of Programs
Rachel ZadnikDirector of Development and Outreach
Susie FloydBusiness Administrator
Lauren McElroyDevelopment Manager
Mary ShufordProject Manager
Page O’ConnorProgram Coordinator
Heather HenryProgram Coordinator
Rachele WaltersProgram Coordinator
Lisa joined The Magdalen House as a volunteer in 2007. After joining the board in 2009, was named President of the Board of Directors, in 2010, bringing more than 20 years of fundraising, communications, marketing and branding, strategic planning, and board development experience to this position. Before coming to Maggie’s House, Lisa served as volunteer, consultant, and board member to more than a dozen different non-profit organizations including Dallas CASA, Children’s Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary, Nexus Of Dallas Auxiliary Board (founding member) and Dallas C.A.R.E. Her experiences with these organizations include: three successful capital campaigns, assisted in assembling/building various Boards Of Directors with diverse talent, create and manage numerous fundraising events and advocacy programs, develop and implement multi-year strategic plans, and coordinate hundreds of volunteers all to better serve the needs of women, families and children primarily from the Dallas area. Lisa has been in recovery since June of 2007.
Ainsley came to The Magdalen House as a Volunteer Client Services Coordinator in 2014. As an alumna of the Social Detox Program, Ainsley saw the incredible importance of giving back to the Recovery Community. Later in 2014, Ainsley was hired as a staff member. In the last 4 years her passion for the mission has continued to grow as she became the Detox Program Manager and now the Director of Programs. Ainsley’s personal recovery has inspired her to dedicate her life to helping other alcoholic women.
Rachel Zadnik comes to The Magdalen House from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After time spent teaching in public education, she began career in the non-profit field. Looking to have a larger impact, Rachel joined the staff of a local non-profit in Pittsburgh to help run an advocacy campaign for inner city high school students. Her work included implementation of SAT prep tailored towards the communities’ needs, which she spoke about at the annual national College Board Forum. She then moved on to work in service learning at the University of Pittsburgh, where she had the chance to encourage college students to find their passion by way of volunteering in local non-profit organizations. Through this role, she helped thousands of students find community volunteer opportunities, culminating in several hundred thousand hours worth of community service each year. Rachel excels at relationship-building and management, strategic planning, fund development and reporting. She’s grateful to be a part of The Magdalen House team to be a part of an organization actively supporting women. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Kenny, and dog, Bertie.
Susie graduated from Millsaps College in 1995 with a BBA in Accounting and began work for KPMG Fort Worth from 1995-1999 as a staff accountant. Subsequent to that Susie decided to start a family and stayed home to raise her two children. During that time, Susie volunteered in many capacities on Parents’ Council at her children’s school and worked with many volunteer organizations. She also served on the regional board of Hope International. Susie has been with The Magdalen House since November of 2016. Susie has enjoyed learning more about alcoholism and being able to use her gifts in the non-profit world. Susie’s goal as Business Manager is to ensure financial responsibility and transparency for employees, clients and donors.
Lauren graduated from Texas Christian University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Communication Studies. Lauren brings several years’ experience in marketing, events, strategic communications and fundraising, and is looking forward to growing within these fields. She began volunteering at The Magdalen House in 2013 after completing the Social Detox Program and is extremely passionate about helping other women find freedom from alcoholism and permanent recovery. Lauren has served as Chair of The Magnolia Women’s Group for two years, advocating for the mission of The Magdalen House. Lauren calls “Maggie’s” home and she couldn’t be more excited to join the team of dedicated professionals here at The Magdalen House.
Mary began volunteering at The Magdalen House in 2009. After 8 years of volunteer work, she has joined The Magdalen House team as a Project Manager. Mary has worked in the recovery industry for over 5 years. Her personal and professional experience with recovery uniquely qualify her for her role as Project Manager at The Magdalen House. Due to an overflow of gratitude for God’s grace on Mary’s life she feels called to serve alcoholic women as they grow in recovery. Mary has a working knowledge of addiction and 12- step recovery programs, and is currently enrolled in Eastfield College working toward her certification as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
Page first came to know The Magdalen House through doing volunteer work and attending the meetings when she began her journey in recovery. Page was hired as a staff member in 2017. Being a recovered alcoholic herself The Magdalen House mission is something very personal and important to her. Page feels it is her highest privilege to get to witness and be a part of women recovering from alcoholism every day.
Rachele Walters is a published author and entrepreneur. She is a devoted wife and mother of four beautiful children.
Her passion is to love the broken and to help bring people to freedom. Rachele is a Magdalen House Alumni and gives freely of her time and love back to the house and the women in it. She volunteers, chairs meetings, sponsors women and now works for The Magdalen House as a Program Coordinator.
2018 Advisory Council Members
Nancy T. Montgomery
Kristy Hoglund Robinson
Robert Rowling, Jr.