Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center Announces 2021-2022 Board

(Featured photo: Lauren Gillette, President; Alyssa Franta, Children’s Party chair; Robin Bagwell, Membership; Barbara Renfro, Treasurer; Michelle Crum, Children’s Party chair; Laura Jeffers, Vice President of Development; Ann Alford.)*

The Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center president, Lauren Gillette, has announced the 2021-2022 board and new events for 2021 and 2022!        

“We are delighted to announce our new 2021-2022 board and look forward to new events and welcoming new members,” Lauren said. “We would like everyone to know that their support is most appreciated. Auxiliary members serve Nexus Recovery Center not only in fundraising, but also as volunteers with many opportunities to become involved. We gather clothing and essential items for Nexus clients and their children, coordinate and plan small gatherings and special events on-site with the clients and their children including a Halloween Party, Holiday Party and Spring Party (COVID-19 protocols all in place), participate in educational activities, support the staff Zen Den and much more.  We hope our friends and neighbors will join us now! This is going to be an exciting year!”        

The Auxiliary also supports the new fundraiser Holidays at Nexus happening December 1 through 31 where sponsors and underwriters can adopt a family or a client for the holidays. Launching in 2022 is the Auxiliary’s largest fundraiser, the Mother’s Day Brunch happening on May 7, 2022. Details for the Mother’s Day Brunch are in the works, but the Auxiliary promises a multi-generational experience celebrating the very special women in our lives.

The 2021-2022 Auxiliary Board Officers are: President: Lauren Gillette; Vice President Development: Laura Jeffers; Vice President Membership: Robin Bagwell; Recording Secretary: Daria Charland; Treasurer: Barbara Renfro; Marketing/PR:  Sharon Adams; Historian/Parliamentarian: Caryl Madison; Children’s Parties: Michelle Crum and Alyssa Franta; Online Volunteer Coordinators: Cathleen Griffin and Leslie Kramer; Staff Appreciation Spring Event:  Victoria Avery and Community Corporation/Education Liaisons: Bernadette Rodriquez and Calie Carmichael.    

The Auxiliary of Nexus supports women and their children who are on their recovery journey with Nexus Recovery Center.  Auxiliary membership is a force for good in the community. Please consider joining today by making your membership gift via the website by visiting and click on the Auxiliary link. Or you may join via phone by calling Lauren McGregor at 214-321-0156 ext. 2146. If you have questions about your membership, please email

The mission of the Auxiliary of Nexus is to support and promote the interests of Nexus Recovery Center, Inc. Members of the Auxiliary make our community a better place by putting in countless volunteer hours each year, planning and implementing special events to raise money for Nexus. This mission is accomplished using the following methods.

  • By building a strong and active membership
  • By stimulating public awareness
  • By helping in the financial support of Nexus’ services and projects

 Since its founding in 1996, the Auxiliary of Nexus has made a difference for women and children seeking recovery – and has managed to have a lot of fun along the way! The Auxiliary has raised funds for myriad worthwhile programs, including:

  • Aftercare program to maintain supportive ties with Nexus graduates
  • Client Care Fund to allow for extended treatment stays
  • Vans for client transportation
  • Agency Medical Director, psychiatric fellow, and detox nurse
  • New teen dormitory
  • Smoking cessation program
  • Research building
  • Hallway and reception renovation

    Nexus Auxiliary Activities

Building Up Nexus Clients and Families

  • Weekly meetings for residential clients on the Nexus campus.
    • Birthdays and holiday parties for the kids in Nexus’ Child Development Center!
    • Support the Nexus Clothes Closet by supplying essential clothing items and necessities for women and children, so they can focus on their recovery with dignity.

Ongoing Opportunities to Support Nexus Staff

  • Provide healthy snacks and treats for the hardworking staff at Nexus, who are the backbone of the Nexus recovery community.

Advocating in the Community

  • Monthly Staff Zen Den Sponsorship
    • Annual Membership Coffee
    • Community events and fundraisers, like the Mother’s Day Pop-Up Flower Shop!

About Nexus Recovery Center

Founded in 1971 and based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that treats the whole woman by offering an array of comprehensive services, including specialized substance use disorder treatment services, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to restore health and encourage resilience – regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. 

Accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006, it is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and also allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. Serving solely women on their journey to recovery, Nexus’ mission is to create a safe space for its clients and serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for women and their families. Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of women through the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners and donors. Together, Nexus Recovery Center changes families’ lives, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. For more information, visit

*(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent Nexus Recovery Center and post this Charity Lifestyles eBuzz.)


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.