Founder & Executive Director
Tara Moreno has been a holistic practitioner and entrepreneur in the United States for the past six years. Since she embarked on a holistic healing journey she’s helped thousands of people overcome obstacles with addiction, codependency, and trauma in their lives. Moreno is trained reiki master and acudetox (auricular acupuncture) specialist. She is also a trained recovery coach. Moreno’s academic education includes a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Telecommunications and Film Studies and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Composition and Rhetoric. Moreno was an accomplished journalist and marketing specialist before moving into the healing and non-profit world. In addition to her education, Moreno is also a published author and the developer of Recovery Reiki, a specific method of reiki that targets pain in the body related to addiction, codependency, and trauma. Her networks include the national groups Mobilize Recovery and Faces & Voices for Recovery. She is also an advisory board member for Genesee County’s FAN chapter. Her current projects include a mass meditation initiative in Flint, Michigan to create peace within the community and a holistic pathway program for the Annual Substance Use Disorder and Co-occurring Disorder conference for the State of Michigan.
Board Chair - President
Harry Blecker has extensive practical experience in all aspects of program and project development, including management, administration, monitoring, evaluation, sponsor relations, and negotiations as well as experience in community/professional group presentations. Harry has worked with elected government and school officials, management teams, small businesses, non-profit organizations, operational staff, and private consultants and citizens as well as statewide legislative and veteran’s affairs liaison for the MI-SBDC. Blecker has supervised diverse staff, including students, in multiple locations as well as taught as an adjunct faculty instructor at Lansing Community College. Harry is a recovery ally.
Dr. Jamil is excited to be a part of the Medical Rehabilitation Group. A Kalamazoo native, he graduated from the University of Michigan, double majoring in Chemistry and Cellular-Molecular Biology. He attended medical school at Ross University and did his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, where he was Chief Resident his final year. He successfully completed a fellowship in Interventional Physiatry at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC. He is board certified in PM&R with subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. His clinical interests are spine, sports, and musculoskeletal medicine. When not working, he enjoys exercising and spending time with his wife and two daughters. Dr. Jamil is a recovery ally and aims to provide education for his fellow colleagues in addiction recovery.
Canisha Bell is a yoga instructor, meditation facilitator and mindfulness educator. A Flint native and resident she graduated from the University of Michigan- Flint, with a bachelor of science in Public Health Education with particular interest in health disparities of low-income, minority and marginalized populations.
Canisha is the founder of Black Girls Do Yoga, an organization created to empower, women of color through an invitation of accessibility, and inclusivity to holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
She is the current lead of community outreach and engagement for the Crim Fitness Foundation’s Mindfulness Initiative. She also a recovery ally.
Patrick Murphy is a native of Swartz Creek, Michigan and currently calls Genesee County home. Pat has worked in the sales and service industry since 1993 and is currently a Real Estate Specialist in his 4th year working with The Sedlarik Group Real Estate Team. Pat is extremely passionate about fitness and have been helping others obtain their health and fitness goals for the past 15 years. Since 2009 he has been an active part of the recovery community and is always available for those in need of additional support. Pat is driven, motivated, and positive individuals that plans to use his knowledge and experience to help as many people in the community as possible. Pat says he looks forward to working with The Serenity House of Flint and promoting a great cause. “I am proud to be a part of this team!”
Allison Boggess is a registered nurse for Dixie Lodge Living and Wellness in Grand Blanc, Michigan. In the facility she utilizes holistic as well as traditional care to assist individual with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries work toward and maintain productive and full lives.
Allison works with the community in many aspects to support and foster long term recovery while addressing and opposing the stigma of addiction.
One of Allison’s proudest achievements is successful completion of the Genesee County Adult Felony Drug Court. She still maintains a working relationship with the drug court program and assists with peer orientation.
Allison is a married mother of seven and enjoys working to find a healthy and productive balance of recovery, home life and career as well as maintains inner balance through meditation and mindful awareness.
Allison is an individual in long-term recovery and is devoted to giving back to the community that has given so much support and healing to her throughout her journey.
Ali Ziehm is passionate about spirituality and helping others be their best selves. She lives and works in Mid-Michigan, and she interacts closely within her circles to transmit principles of spiritual wellness to all she encounters. She enjoys discussing religion and spirituality, holistic and non-mainstream approaches to recovery and wellness. Ali is in long-term recovery.
She brings to the board 35 years of experience in business management, administration and corporate financial analysis. She has experience in financial analysis, web design, journalism and print media production, public speaking, non-profit communications, clerical organization, mentoring and teaching.