October 2022

This month at Nexus Recovery Center, we welcome our new Chief Financial Officer. Mary Vares, and thank long-time Nexus alumna and volunteer, Brenda. We also cover the “ASC Goes Couture” fashion show last week at Neiman Marcus in Downtown Dallas, and finally, we tell you about our next Noontime with Nexus campus tour. Please see below for more details of everything going on at Nexus!


Mary Vares Joins Nexus as Chief Financial Officer

Mary Vares has joined Nexus Recovery Center as our new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  Mary began her career in real estate accounting working for companies, Trammell Crow Company, Crow Holdings, and Invesco Realty Advisors. Mary has over 20 years of experience in not-for-profit and has held various leadership roles in finance and operations. She has served as CFO for Catholic Charities-Dallas, Texas Women’s Foundation and Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.   She has also served in various financial roles with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Dallas Arboretum. She received her BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Mary is a Certified Public Accountant.


ASC “Goes Couture” to Raise Money for Nexus

Attorneys Serving the Community (ASC) had its first fundraising event for Nexus on October 6 at Neiman Marcus in Downtown Dallas. The ASC Goes Couture event raised more than $8,000 for Nexus and introduced new ASC members to our mission. In addition to many new faces, three Nexus Board Members—Rani Garcia, Mary Anne Gallagher, and Valerie Howell—were able to join us! Thank you to everyone as Attorneys Serving the Community for making this event a fashionably good time!


Brenda Gives Back to Nexus

This month, we would like to give a special thanks to Brenda for all that she does for Nexus. Brenda came to Nexus more than 20 years ago, and has stayed in recovery ever since. Recently, she decided to get back into volunteering, and has helped out with several recent events including the Pathways to Possibilities Luncheon in August as well as last week’s ASC Goes Couture event at Neiman Marcus.

“I really am so grateful for Nexus, because it gave me the life I have today,” she told us in a recent video interview (see below). We are grateful to Brenda for sharing her story and giving back to Nexus any chance she gets. Thank you, Brenda, for being a part of our community!


Join Us October 26 for Noontime with Nexus

Join us on Wednesday, October 26 at 12:30pm for a mission tour led by Nexus CEO Heather Ormand! Noontime with Nexus focuses on the heart and soul of the center’s mission and our future pathways to possibilities.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the work we do, meet key staff, ask questions, and get ideas about ways to become involved. If you can’t make it this month, mark your calendar for the first of our Nighttime with Nexus tours on Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30pm.

At our Noontime and Nighttime tours, you’ll receive behind-the-scenes updates about our organization and hear powerful stories directly from Nexus team members. The event is free. All you have to do is register!