Recovery for Alcoholic Women At No Cost

Helping women find HOPE in sobriety

Recovery for Alcoholic Women At No Cost


Our Vision

The vision of The Magdalen House is to create and build a community of recovered women and their families – one woman at a time.

We are an agency consisting of a group of dedicated professionals and recovered individuals with a commitment to create no-cost, accessible and effective programming to help alcoholic women and their families obtain long term, sustainable recovery.

The result is an innovative recovery community.

About Us

The Magdalen House is not treatment. 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.


Women Only

Unique programming for women in recovery facing different obstacles than men, no comparable facility in North Texas

No Cost

Women come to us with depleted resources, no insurance, no hope

Peer Implemented Programming

Keeps operating costs low while leveraging community collaboration for increased impact

Comprehensive Programming

Open class and meeting format for all women in recovery, transitional and supportive programs that is unique to Maggie’s

Board of Directors

Kay Colbert


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 is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Harriet Shaw


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.
JD also worked as a volunteer for Dallas intergroup, and was part of a group that lead a weekly session for the treatment center “Help Is Possible”.

Tina Shuey


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

Jamie Walters

Capital Campaign

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

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


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.

Jennifer Landry

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.

2017 Staff

Lisa Kroencke

Executive Director

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.

Lisa holds a B.S. Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and was employed at The Richards Group in Dallas for 10 years working with various national clients.

Ainsley David

Director of Recovery Community

Biography Coming Soon

Rachel Zadnik

Director of Development and Outreach

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.

Rachel holds an BA in English and Mathematics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and an MAT in Secondary Education from California University of Pennsylvania.

Susie Floyd

Business Administrator

Biography Coming Soon

Laura Sheppard

Development Coordinator

Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Journalism, and a minor in Spanish from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has a wide range of experience from numerous companies in the Dallas area including The Richards Group, Exhale Mind & Body Spa, lululemon athletica, and more. Throughout her twenties she has learned much about herself, her goals, and the workings of various industries which has helped her identify her true love of helping others. Her energetic and optimistic spirit thrives when she surrounds herself with others and people skills are her highest and proudest attribute.

Laura Sheppard began volunteering for The Magdalen House in the Fall of 2016 and now works at the House as the Development Coordinator, assistant to the Development Director. She was drawn to the mission that The Magdalen House is pursuing and feels blessed to have found an organization with heart at its core. Currently she lives in Dallas, Texas with a purpose to help others on the road to recovery.

Mary Shuford

Project Manager

Mary began volunteering at The Magdalen House in 2009. After 8 years of volunteer work, she has joined The Magdalen House team as a Program 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 Program 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 O'Connor

Program Coordinator

Biography Coming Soon

Heather Henry

Program Coordinator

Biography Coming Soon

2017 Advisory Council Members

Robin Bagwell
Lindsay Billingsley
Cindy Brewer
Jim Epperson

Nancy Gottsacker
Alyson Griffith
Beverly Levy
Tom McElroy

Lindsey Miller
Nancy T. Montgomery
Kathleen Powell
Myers Raymer

Kristy Hoglund Robinson
Robert Rowling, Jr.
Kathi Shuford

We believe that if we provide no-cost programming in a safe and supportive environment, accurate information about the problem and the solution, and a solid bridge to service through helping others, women will recover.

Lisa KroenckeExecutive Director

"I am truly a grateful alcoholic and without The Magdalen House I wouldn’t be alive, and I am forever indebted to this organization."

Jenny, Alum

The Magdalen House serves so many with dignity and grace.

John, Donor

Maggie’s accepted me when no one else would. I was at the lowest bottom of my life. I was walking dead – I truly appreciate the love I received at Maggie’s. It has been all up from there. Thank you Maggie’s!


"I feel like I have a whole new purpose now after coming through Maggie's House. There is no other place like it."

Sara, Alum

Maggie’s gave me the first real acceptance as an alcoholic through love, compassion and direction. They gave me hope.


Without Maggie's, I would not be the sober, happy and healthy girl I am today.


Today, by the Grace of a very loving God, so very, very much has changed. I have been reunited with family and have the privilege and the responsibilities of being a mother! I have the honor to work with other women who, like me, lost so much to this disease. I have a great job and...I'm free!