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.
Serenity House welcomes Erwin McKone to the board of directors as treasurer. Erwin is a Flint native and Powers Catholic graduate. He currently works as a sales representative for Turf Ventures. Erwin has extensive board experience with his most recent board experience as follows: he has served as president for Illinois Turfgrass Foundation from January 2010-January 2012 and President of the Michiana Golf Course Superintendents Association December 2009-December 2010. He has also served as a pastoral council members for St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church from January 2014-January 2017. Erwin is passionate about the recovery journey ( a recovery ally) and has a deep affinity for the spiritual path. He also is an avid dog lover.
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.
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.
Shannon Tomlinson was born in Flint, Michigan, grew up in the town of Flushing, and has been a resident of Genesee County most of her life. She is a graduate of Flint Powers Catholic High School where she excelled academically and won two state championships in basketball- Go Lady Chargers!
Shannon went on to study nursing at Saginaw Valley State University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree. She has practiced as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit, and specialized care areas. Shannon was the Administrator and Director of Nursing at Dixie Lodge Living & Wellness, of which she incorporated holistic healing modalities and educated clients and families on alternative medicinal options, alongside traditional approaches. Currently, Shannon is the Director of Healthcare at Grand Brook Memory Care in Wyoming, Michigan. She utilizes mindfulness in her care for clients with dementia and offers a well-balanced healing approach.
Shannon is a person in long-term recovery and is passionate about being an advocate of holistic healing. She successfully completed the Health Professional Recovery Program in 2011. She is certified in Recovery Reiki I & II, of which she practices in and out of her family life. She incorporates balance and practices meditation in her personal and work life. Shannon has three beautiful children whom are well aware of the importance of caring for the mind body and soul. She expresses gratitude for the life she and her better half, whom is also in recovery, have created for their family.
Shannon says, “I am forever grateful for finding this path. I share my experience with an open mind, in hopes of touching the lives of many individuals searching for peace and serenity.”
“There is Hope---People Do Recover from addiction, co-dependency, and trauma.” “The Serenity House of Flint is saving lives everyday-I am honored to be a part of the journey.”
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!”
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