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.
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.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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”.
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 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.
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.
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.
Rachel holds an BA in English and Mathematics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and an MAT in Secondary Education from California University of Pennsylvania.
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.
2017 Advisory Council Members
Nancy T. Montgomery
Kristy Hoglund Robinson
Robert Rowling, Jr.
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!Alum
"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.Alum
Without Maggie's, I would not be the sober, happy and healthy girl I am today.Alum
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!Alum