Board of Directors

Dr. Kay Colbert

Dr. Kay Colbert

Chair

Dr. Kay Colbert has been on the Board of Directors of The Magdalen House since 2009 and currently serves as Board Chair.

Kay is a Licensed Clinical Social worker currently in private practice in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in substance abuse and addictive behaviors, as well as women’s issues. Kay has been volunteering with community organizations and advocacy groups for the past 30 years, and has worked for several non-profit organizations. Kay is the author, with Roxanna Erickson Klein, of Engage the Group, Engage the Brain: 100 Experiential Activities for Addiction Treatment, published by Central Recovery Press.

Kay holds a BA from Emory University, an MSSW from Univ. of Texas at Arlington, and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Diane Brooks

Diane Brooks

Advocacy

Diane Brooks is a Board Member and Chair of the Advocacy Committee, the purpose of which is to support the Outreach Program.  This new committee will help strengthen The Magdalen House by way of looking outward to the community in order to bring in new clients, donors, friends of the mission, and knowledge to The Magdalen House.  The committee will strategically reach out to non-profits, churches, professional organizations and medical facilities in order to create a well-balanced effort to reach diverse populations.

Diane has served the Family Support Group here at The Magdalen House since 2014 and is committed to helping family members and friends who love an alcoholic.  She also volunteers at the VA North Texas Health Care System outpatient and inpatient programs, and to the 24 Club.

Diane has also served on other non-profit boards and committees in the Dallas area, including her church, University Park United Methodist Church.

She is married and has two daughters and a son-in-law.

Lucinda Buford

Lucinda Buford

Development

Lucinda Buford is an esteemed real estate agent whose passion for helping her neighborhood thrive is expressed through her work on behalf of her clients. As a well-respected member of the real estate community, she utilizes her market knowledge and real estate connections to bring the best transaction to every client. Buford built her business on creatively approaching each listing to garner the best price for her clients while maintaining a smooth experience for all parties.

Buford earned a BA in Industrial Psychology from Rhodes College and worked as an award-winning corporate trainer before founding a custom homebuilding company with her husband, Barry Buford, in 1998. Among the company’s many awards and accolades, the Bufords are most proud that it is highly regarded by top architects as one of Dallas’ best custom builders.

An active and respected leader, Lucinda has effectively guided teams in a variety of organizations, from chairing fundraising campaigns for public and private schools in the area to serving her church and worthy charities, Buford shares the skills that have developed her professional success. She works tirelessly for organizations that are close to her heart in order to build a stronger community.  Because her family has been touched by the disease of alcoholism, she is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with non-profits, like The Magdalen House and others, that work toward recovery for both the addicts and family members.

D.C. Ciccone

D.C. Ciccone

Treasurer

DC is a Board Member and serves as the Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

He is currently a Director at KPMG, and brings over 30 years of technical and managerial experience working primarily within the advisory services and telecomm industries to his role at The Magdalen House.  DC has previously aided other nonprofit organizations with their strategic planning development and maintenance activities.

In his role as Treasurer, he will work to oversee the management and reporting of the agencies finances.  DC has lost family members to alcoholism, and is committed to aid growth of The Magdalen House and achieve their mission.

When he is not being of service to others, DC enjoys working in his woodshop, restoring vehicles, and supporting the local hardware store seemingly every weekend.  He serves as a Deacon and the Property Chair of his local church, is married to a grateful recovered alcoholic, and has 2 grown children.

Jack Eimer

Jack Eimer

Member at Large

Upon retirement in 2018, Jack committed to focusing time and effort bringing hope and support to those dealing with addiction.  Having grown up with an alcoholic mother and experiencing the painful journey of addiction within his family, Jack has a passion for helping those dealing with this disease.  He is delighted to now be serving on the Board of Directors for The Magdalen House.

Jack also serves as a meeting facilitator for the P.A.L. (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones) Dallas team as well as Southeast Regional Director for  the P.A.L. national group.  Jack is an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, and serves on their Recovery Task Force, helping his church better serve those dealing with addiction.

Jack received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Norwich University in Vermont and a Master’s in Management and Construction from the University of Missouri.

Following a career in Commercial Real Estate, including 23 years holding several executive and board positions at Transwestern, Jack retired to spend time with his wife, Kim, five children, and three wonderful grandchildren.

Life is good…because God is great!

Klint Guerry

Klint Guerry

Member at Large

Klint is the general manager of Sewell BMW of Grapevine and has served Sewell Automotive companies, a 109-year-old, family-owned business, in a myriad of leadership roles since 2001.  He joined the mission at The Magdalen House to lend his time, talent and resources in honor of his mother, Lynda Guerry, who lost her battle with alcoholism at the age of 43.

In addition to his service to Maggie’s, Klint is on the board of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, North Texas Commission, DTS Leaderboard, and a number of industry-related committees and counsels.  He and his wife Natalie are past board members for Council for Life.

Klint received a B.A. in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University and completed the Teams Program at the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership for Extraordinary Performance at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and the Strategic Leadership program at the United States Army War College.

Klint and Natalie have three children, Hollis, Margot and Ryan, and are active members at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.

Michelle Hope

Michelle Hope

Member at Large

Michelle Hope is a Dallas native and first visited the Magdalen House in 2013. She brings 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.

Delia Johnson

Delia Johnson

Member at Large

Delia Johnson enthusiastically serves as a Member at Large on the Board of Directors for The Magdalen House. Delia’s grandmother struggled with alcoholism with no support systems or organizations available to her for rehabilitation or recovery.  Because of that, her premature passing has prompted Delia to become involved with an organization that helps women achieve sobriety with compassion, faith and hope.

Delia graduated from Texas State University with a B.F.A. in Advertising and Mass Communication with a Minor in Psychology. She started her career in Dallas at The Richards Group and continued her career working at Tracey Locke and DDB Needham.

Delia has been the Vice President of Programs for The David M. Crowley Foundation since July 2014 and has been a passionate and dedicated community philanthropist for 20 years. She is regularly involved in multiple charitable organizations including Genesis Women’s Shelter, Austin Street Center and National Charity League, to name a few. She is grateful for the many opportunities to collectively make a difference as a community and directly impact others’ lives.

Delia is a proud mother of three beautiful children: Travis, daughter-in-law Jackie, Wyatt and Harper.

Jennifer Landry

Jennifer Landry

Secretary

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.

Hector Patino

Hector Patino

Member at Large

Hector Patino is a vice president of design and construction for KDC. Hector joined KDC in 2015 and has been in the construction industry for nearly 20 years. Before joining KDC, Hector worked on the general contractor side of the business, working on many notable projects throughout DFW.

In addition to serving on The Magdalen House Board of Directors, Hector is also on the board for Youth Believing in Change (YBC) and on the client advisory board for a flooring company.

Hector attended Angelo State following high school. He transferred to Texas Tech and graduated with a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology in 2003.

Outside of the office, Hector enjoys spending time with his wife, Tosca, and their five children, Marco, Joaquin, Camila, Mateo, and Romeo. Their weekends are filled with kid-related activities. Once a year, Hector and the family take a road trip. They’ve already visited the Grand Canyon, Chicago, Central California, Myrtle Beach, Gulf Shores, and Colorado.

Robin B. Seckel

Robin B. Seckel

Member at Large

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Tina Shuey

Tina Shuey

Programs

Tina Shuey is a Board Member and serves as the Programs Chair for The Magdalen House. An alumna of the Social Detox program, 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 Maggie’s Women’s Group, she helps keep new women 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 Maggie’s Women’s Group as a cornerstone of her recovery.

Tina brings over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience. She is currently the Marketing Director 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.

Staff

Lisa Kroencke

Lisa Kroencke

Executive Director

Lisa found The Magdalen House as a volunteer in 2007. After joining the board in 2009, she 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.

Before coming to Maggie’s, 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 experience with these organizations include three successful capital campaigns, building various Boards Of Directors with diverse talent, creating and managing numerous fundraising events and advocacy programs, developing and implementing multi-year strategic plans, and coordinating 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.

Taylor Baker

Taylor Baker

Program Coordinator

Taylor came to The Magdalen House in June 2018, completed the Social Detox Program, and moved into a sober living where she continued to stay connected to Maggie’s. She began volunteering as an overnight volunteer at “the little house that saved her life,” which quickly became the highlight of her week. She has been in the service industry for 15 years, and she lives her recovery out loud.

Taylor says that she wouldn’t have known there was another way out without people doing the same in her life. She is so grateful and excited to join The Magdalen House mission, providing other alcoholic women with the same love and care that she found in 2018.

Chloe Cramer

Chloe Cramer

Director of Programs

Chloe moved to Dallas from Austin two years ago with the parting words from a friend to get involved with Maggie’s House, “because that’s where God lives.” Since entering recovery in 1992, Chloe has found working with alcoholic women to be the bright spot in her life, and the constant which has brought meaning and purpose through the years. She has worked in the non-profit and recovery industry for the past two years and couldn’t be more excited to combine her various interests, strengths, and experience to the Director of Programming position at The Magdalen House.

Stephanie Crawford

Stephanie Crawford

Program Coordinator

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri Stephanie packed a bag packed and boarded one-way Mega Bus to “escape” the absolutely hopeless life she had been living. Instead, she found herself in the Dallas recovery community where she finally heard, and applied, a solution to her alcoholism.

Stephanie was first introduced to The Magdalen House while working as the Women’s Service Coordinator for the Dallas 24 Hour Club. Being both a neighboring organization and a Community Outreach Partner, she learned more about Maggie’s mission and fell in love with everything they stood for. After her son was born, she became more involved with Maggie’s, visiting for meetings with free childcare.

Stephanie has over two years of experience in the nonprofit recovery industry and loves being in roles where she is working directly with women in recovery. Her favorite things in the world are being a Mom – she has two children, Kaydence who is 11 and Wesley who is one – and helping other women. She absolutely loves seeing women come together to love, support, and empower one another!

Ainsley Chapman

Ainsley Chapman

Director of Outreach

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 years since, her passion for the mission has continued to grow as she became the Detox Program Manager, the Director of Programs, and now the Director of Outreach. Ainsley’s personal recovery has inspired her to dedicate her life to helping other alcoholic women.

Kate Dorff

Kate Dorff

Director of Development

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.

Before joining the team as Director of Development, Kate has served on various non-profit committees throughout North Texas, including The Magdalen House. 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. She is also 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.

Kristi Hall

Kristi Hall

Program Coordinator

Kristi Hall is originally from Ventura, CA, but she moved to Texas in 2016 to be closer to her family, which would ultimately lead her to The Magdalen House. Kristi is a Maggie’s Social Detox alumna and Next Step graduate, and as a recovered alcoholic, she is passionate about giving back to the very community that saved her life. 

When Kristi completed the Social Detox program in 2020, she knew that if she continued down that old familiar path, she would die. Having completed the Social Detox program before, this time she knew that she needed to “stay close to Maggie’s.” Within days, she signed up for The Next Step program and actively participated in every opportunity she was given. For the first time, she learned how to use the tools she had been taught while staying in the House and apply them to her real life. “The Magdalen House has given me the education and understanding of my disease and helped me reconnect with my God. I want to help as many women as possible to have the same chance The Magdalen House has so freely given me.”

Nina Herndon

Nina Herndon

Director of Communications

Nina is a DFW native who graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Entrepreneurship and a dream of building an organization that would help women. Today, she is grateful to have the opportunity to live that dream through her work with The Magdalen House. Her background in communications and marketing, combined with her experience as part of Maggie’s recovery community for alcoholic women, allows Nina to “tell the story of The Magdalen House” to hopes of reaching more alcoholic women seeking freedom.

In early 2015 Nina reluctantly visited The Magdalen House to attend a meeting and talk to the women in the house, only to find herself feeling entirely at home. Visits became more and more frequent, and in 2016 she began volunteering with The Magdalen House, serving as the Communications Chair of Maggie’s Women’s Group for two years. Through Maggie’s, she has witnessed countless women find freedom from alcohol and new meaning in their lives – including her own.

Teresa Hollingsworth

Teresa Hollingsworth

Lead Program Coordinator

Teresa has been a Realtor in the DFW area for 25 years.  She is an alumna of the Social Detox Program at Maggie’s and now works as a Program Coordinator. She volunteered extensively in 2018 as an overnight volunteer and also within Maggie’s Women’s Group.  She loved The Magdalen House so much, she never left after completing her program. Teresa carries the message and sponsors women in different treatment centers across the DFW area. She feels she owes a debt of gratitude to the ones who mentored her and showed her how to recover. Had they simply gone on with their lives and just forgotten people like her, she wouldn’t be here today.  Her gratitude begins with the Magdalen House.

Rosalind Jones

Rosalind Jones

Program Coordinator

Within a few days of completing the Social Detox Program and becoming an alumna in January 2017, Rosalind began volunteering, helping with anything that needed help. Within weeks she was an overnight volunteer and soon found herself serving as a chair on Maggie’s Women’s Group.

Today, she is a Program Coordinator as well as an entrepreneur and single mother of three wonderful children. She has made The Magdalen House her place for connecting and working with women like herself, who enter the doors broken. Carrying the message and sponsoring women comes first in her life. She is incredibly grateful that making a decision to work the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and getting connected to a higher power has provided thousands of women true freedom from decades of alcoholic torture.

Elizabeth Page

Elizabeth Page

Program Coordinator

Elizabeth came to The Magdalen House after getting sober in Louisiana in 2017 and moving back to her hometown of Dallas in early 2020. She fell in love with Maggie’s long before her move when she first attended the open women’s meetings with her mom, a Maggie’s alumna. Elizabeth wholeheartedly believes in the solution-based program that continues to help countless women and the miracles that happen regularly in The Magdalen House.

She is overwhelmed with gratitude to have found her new home with The Magdalen House while also being relocated back with her family members and new nephew who all live here in Dallas.

Whitney Mask

Whitney Mask

Development Assistant

Whitney graduated from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University with a double major in both Business Honors and Management, while simultaneously earning a Nonprofit and Social Innovation Certificate. Her educational focus and past internship experience is concentrated around the nonprofit sector, where Whitney’s passion for helping others became a driving force behind her position at The Magdalen House.

Whitney’s understanding of development in the nonprofit sector was particularly cultivated during her participation in the Strategic Philanthropy course, during which nonprofits submitted applications to be awarded grants by students in the class. This unique experience allowed for a better understanding of the grant request and award process from both the perspective of the for-profit and foundation-based sectors.  It also prepared her to better serve as a stronger advocate of causes for which she so deeply cares while also reinforcing her interest in the nonprofit sector and its achievements for those in need.

She is looking forward to continuing her education through a more in-depth study of alcoholism to better understand the women for whom and with whom she will be working. Working at The Magdalen House is an incredible opportunity to begin her life’s mission of championing all women seeking positive change in their lives.

 

Page O’Connor

Page O’Connor

Program Manager

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Page moved to Texas to begin her journey in recovery. Newly sober and brand new to Dallas, Page was pleased to learn that The Magdalen House was a place to she could connect with other women who were on the same path as her. Page quickly became involved at Maggie’s through meetings and fellowship events, and her love for the community evolved into serving as a weekly Overnight Volunteer. In 2017, she joined the team as a Social Detox Coordinator.

Page’s passion for The Magdalen House’s peer-implemented programs – something so impactful in her own life – became a driving force for her growth into a Programs Manager where she helped build The Next Step program. In the Fall of 2019, she launched the first Next Step beta group, and after a brief period away, she has returned to help grow the program to help more alcoholic women.

Being in recovery herself, the mission of The Magdalen House is something Page is deeply passionate about. She feels it is an honor and privilege to be part of an organization that serves alcoholic women and their families.

Susie O’Hara

Susie O’Hara

Director of Operations

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 the 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. She has enjoyed learning more about alcoholism and being able to use her gifts in the non-profit world. As Director of Operations, Susie’s goal is to ensure financial responsibility and transparency for employees, clients, and donors

Kate Richter

Kate Richter

Development and Special Events Manager

Born and raised a small town girl, Kate was eager to explore the world and all it had to offer. During her time at Texas A&M University, Kate devoted many hours to raising awareness and funds for child advocacy centers in the Brazos Valley, and constantly looked for ways to be of service to her community. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on Policy and Diplomacy and Spanish.

Through the various twists and turns the course of her life has taken, two things have remained steadfast for Kate – the deep desire within her heart to be of service to others and a profound belief in the strength and resilience of women. It is no secret, then, why she found a home at The Magdalen House. Kate has appreciated learning more about alcoholism while utilizing her gifts to serve the women of The Magdalen House.

Kady Tucker

Kady Tucker

Volunteer Coordinator

Kady got connected to Maggie’s when she was six months sober through volunteering with her sober living housemates. She knew as soon as she walked through the door that there was something special happening here. Kady could feel the presence and power of something truly magical. She continued to stay involved by attending evening meetings, being available to sponsor, and even introducing loved ones in need of help to our Social Detox Program.

She is passionate about helping women overcome some of the very same struggles that she’s walked through. Today she understands that her past is her greatest asset when helping another alcoholic woman find freedom. Kady stays actively involved in the local recovery community and comes to The Magdalen House with over two years of experience in the nonprofit and recovery industry. She knows that our volunteers are the lifeline at Maggie’s and is honored to help facilitate that program.

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Robin Bagwell
Lindsay Billingsley
Cindy Brewer
Lucinda Buford

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Alyson Griffith
Tom McElroy
Lindsey Miller
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Myers Raymer
Kristy Hoglund Robinson
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