About Us

Magnolia Women’s Recovery Programs Inc., is a not for-profit organization committed to educating our clients, their children, family members, and others on the various illegal drugs that are destroying our community. 

In 2013 we successfully expanded to two locations that provide a comfortable and completely furnished residential facility for pregnant and postpartum women and women with children. Daily programs are offered to empower our women to reconnect with their lives and families.

The fragrance of a flowering Magnolia tree is far reaching and flowing. Magnolia Women's Recovery Program is designed to bring forth the qualities that swell deep within the souls of each woman who comes to Magnolia for support: the essence of love, compassion and beauty. As each woman experiences the fragrance of MWRP, she has an opportunity to remove any blocks or hindrances that have interfered with her connection to these core aspects of herself. Magnolia's treatment approach helps her address these interruptions and reaquaint herself with her inner essence of love, compassion and beauty, allowing her to feel the vibrations of these positive emotions once again.

Founder | Executive Director

Dr. Linda Stewart, EdD / LMFT

Dr. Linda Stewart was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon up to the age of 13 when her parents relocated to San Francisco, CA. She completed high school in the year 1970. Her first job was as a 411 Operator for Pacific Bell and it was during her 18 year employment that she married and had two children.

Dr. Stewart is the founder and Executive Director of Magnolia Women’s Recovery Programs, a residential treatment facility located in Hayward and Oakland, California. She has a Doctorate and Masters in Counseling Psychology (LMFT) in the field of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Stewart has worked in the field of substance abuse and mental health for 18 years and discovered that there was a lack in services for women and women with children who suffered from these disorders.

In 2003, she had an opportunity to open a program specifically to service this population. She has developed a treatment model that helps the women address the various issues that have contributed to their addiction. Her hobbies are oil painting, jewelry design, travel and being a grandmother of four children

Board Members

Board President

Sarah Galvin

Sarah Galvin is a resident and business owner in San Leandro. She became a homeowner in San Leandro in 2001. Her law practice has been located on Estudillo Avenue for thirteen years. She is a solo practitioner offering estate planning, trust administration, and mediation services. Clients range from young families to retiring baby boomers as well as the sandwich generation taking care of both children and parents.

Sarah is currently President of the board of Magnolia Women’s Recovery Programs. She also serves as Vice President of San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) to promote, support, and expand the work SLED does in assuring the richest educational environment possible for students in San Leandro public schools. A member of the San Leandro Unified School District (SLUSD), Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for Measure B, formerly served as Vice President of the Davis Street Family Resource Center board of trustees and is active in the San Leandro Le Tip.

Board Secretary

Heidi Alexander

Heidi Alexander was born and raised in Germany. In 1965 she relocated to Chicago and two years later moved to California and started working for Wells Fargo Bank as a Banker, Foreign Exchange Accountant and Financial Analyst for MasterCard Bankcard Services. In 1983, she quit her job to get married and relocated to Hawaii where she became self-employed as a designer, decorator, and upholsterer. In early 2000 she returned to California relocating her business. Currently, Heidi resides in Pacheco, California running her business Another Chance-Custom Upholstery. Heidi was introduced to Magnolia by a prior Board Member helping with fundraising and finding this as an opportunity to give support to women with children struggling with addiction. In 2010, Heidi became a Board member taking on the role of Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. Presently she is the Board Secretary/Treasurer.

Board Member

Rosalind Boykin

Rosalind Boykin was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her passion for helping others began in elementary school. Rosalind relocated with her family to California as a child and discovered her passion for helping others during the 6th grade. Rosalind pursued her educational studies in Psychology and obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University/ School of Professional Psychology. Rosalind has worked with children and families for over 20 years in the foster care and adoption services. Rosalind is currently a board member of Magnolia Women’s Recovery Programs and is a former intern of the organization as well. Rosalind provides resources and life skills support to children and families in the community, and has been an advocate for finding resources to support, and sustain the well being of mothers, and their children throughout the Bay Area.

Board Member

Everett Huner Jr.

Everett Hunter Jr. was born in Modesto, CA. He is an entrepreneur and business executive who has managed and promoted some of the biggest acts in the industry. A list that includes names like Jay-Z, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart, Chris Tucker, Color Me Badd, Lenny Williams, Boney James, Raheem DeVaughn, Stevie B. and many more. With 25 years in the industry, Mr. Hunter is known for his ability to draft contracts, connecting people together, and helping them successfully navigate the promotions arena.
 
The Central Valley is home base for Mr. Hunter where he continues to work on some of the biggest productions in hip-hop, r&b, and comedy with MC Entertainment, Live Nation, and Treatment Team Group to grow his brand. A firm believer in giving back to the community, Mr. Hunter is working on programs to help veterans, single parents, and at-risk youth.
 

Board Member

Aileen Marlowe

Aileen Marlowe was born in Castro Valley, California, and raised by good parents and had a wonderful childhood. She completed high school at age 17 and shortly thereafter married and had her first child, Jason. During the next 20 years Aileen worked as a production assistant and stagehand for Bill Graham Presents and Al Hamon Productions. She traveled around the globe twice, but this life style had become a big party of drugs and alcohol. At age 30 she stopped the partying and had her second child, Samantha; however, after Samantha’s birth she started using again. In spite of her lifestyle she was blessed with two healthy, beautiful children.

After 20 years of drinking and drugging, Aileen found that she needed help to fight her addictions. It was at this time she sought help and found Magnolia, which she states “it saved my life”. Aileen became impressed with the program and the staff. She wanted to help and she started using her skills and training to help with the fund raising at Magnolia. Throughout the seven years that she has been associated with Magnolia, she has assisted clients with their children while they received their treatment. She has shared her life story with clients, hopeful that her life history would help the women with their own journeys. She volunteered her time to help the staff and the clients. Aileen joined the Board as an Alumni and Client Advocate bringing to the board the client’s perspective.

Board Member

Sean Twomey

Sean Twomey is the owner of 2meart.com. He was born in Chicago Illinois and moved to the Bay Area in 1979. He went to High school in San Francisco and college in Sacramento.
He became a board member in 2015, and assists with operations and marketing.

Funders

2020-Present

Alameda County Behavioral Health
Alameda County Food Bank
Community Initiatives
COVID-19: A Just East Bay Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
Superior Drug Court
San Francisco Foundation
Rotary Club of Fremont-Union City-Newark
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Individual Donors

2016-2019

Alameda County Behavioral Health
Alameda County Food Bank
Superior Drug Court
Kaiser Permanente 
Rotary Club of Fremont-Union City-Newark
Individual Donors

2015

Alameda County Behavioral Health
Alameda County Food Bank
Allstate Foundation
Give Something Back
Helping Hands
Rotary Club of Fremont-Union City-Newark
Superior Drug Court
Thomas Long Foundation
Individual Donors

2013-2014

Alameda County Behavioral Health
Alameda County Food Bank
Give Something Back
Rotary Club of Fremont Union City-Newark
Thomas Long Foundation
Individual Donors

2012

Alameda County Behavioral Health
Fresh and Easy 
Give Something Back
Rotary Club of Fremont-Union City-Newark
Thomas Long Foundation
Wells Fargo
Individual Donors