Susie O’Hara began working at The Magdalen House in late 2016 and has been an integral part of our growth ever since.
Over the last three and a half years, she has worked diligently to implement systems, policies, and procedures. As a result, she has helped provide our agency with a strong foundation for growth and improved our financial structure and operations. We are so thankful for her experience, guidance, and help serving hundreds of women and their families every year.
Susie, we are so grateful for your love and support. Happy Birthday!
As a non-alcoholic woman, how do principles of recovery relate to your life?
I have been a person of faith for quite a while. I didn’t know anything about the Big Book before starting at Maggie’s. All I knew was that there were twelve steps that you had to go through when you got sober. What I have come to realize is how those principles are so closely related to Biblical principles that I try to live out. Watching the women at Maggie’s, live out a life of forgiveness, grace, and discipleship is so beautiful!
How is your life different, knowing alcoholic women in recovery and working at The Magdalen House?
I think for me it is really seeing that we all have our stuff, right? Alcoholism is very misunderstood by those who are not in recovery. However, seeing that, while it is a disease, the women in recovery are really no different from me. We all have things that make life difficult. Having other women around to support us and being vulnerable with one another is so important!
What has been the biggest blessing in working at Maggie’s?
The biggest blessing has been meeting so many amazing and inspirational people. Whether they be volunteers, clients, staff members, or board members, it has been a blessing to be around people that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise met.
About 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.