Featured Members

 

Program Coordinator, Reiki Master & Acudetox Specialist 

Serena Gunn, CPRM, CADC is the former President of the Serenity House of Flint.  She developed policies and procedures, implemented a standard of strength based leadership, and advocated for the organization as they embarked a never seen before territory as the first holistic recovery community in the Nation.  She has developed programming and helped organize recovery events that touched 100s in Flint.  Serena studied at Mott and is continuing her education in an undergrad social work program and plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Flint. She is the Senior Marketing Specialist at Attorneys Marketing Resources where she manages social media platforms. She is a former high school dance coach where she mentored girls for many years and encouraged them to be their best. As a person in long term recovery, Serena has made it her mission to advocate for people in addiction recovery and educate the communities on holistic models for recovery from all addictions.  After committing to her recovery in recovery housing for 18 months she became a graduate of Odyssey House.  Her career in the SUD field began in 2016 when she  became a recovery coach at Flint Odyssey house and transitioned to the adolescent program as she worked to become a Certified Alcohol and Addiction Counselor. Being on the front lines working daily with local schools, Adolescent Recovery Court and Girls Court she spends endless hours educating and advocating for education and recovery supports the teens and their families. In the summer of 2019, Her advocacy and prevention work lead her to become one of the hundred selected out of thousand applicants to travel to mobilize recovery event sponsored by Facebook in las Vegas. She later became the Michigan State Lead for the Recovery Advocacy Project where her team will build a visible and effective constituency in demand of community and public policy based solutions in response in the addiction crisis. Currently she sits on a Peer Advisory board in Flint.Serena shares her story on multiple platforms, conventions, 12 step fellowship, local panels, and travels the state in the hope that her story can inspire hope in the individuals and families.   She is certified Reiki Master and an Auricular Detox Specialist.  She uses holistic models in groups she facilities with at risk youth and people in the community. She is a volunteer in the outreach program with SHOF and provides reiki and auricular acupuncture.  In 2016 and 2017 she was selected to attend a Leadership Academy with other recovery communities in Michigan.  In 2018 she was nominated for a Rising Phoenix Award and became a graduate of Odyssey house program.  Serena lives in Burton Mi, with her two children and two cats.

 

United Way VISTA member 

Tave Kuckhoff is The Serenity House of Flint’s Americorp VISTA member (United Way)for the opioid crisis. Her job is to create data research and build capacity for the Serenity House. She is in recovery from opioid dependency and is very passionate about helping others to get what she has because “this is a beautiful life.”She’s an advocate of a holistic lifestyle and is working to spread the love and knowledge of Holistics to the community. “I am honored to be able to work with The Flint Serenity House team.”

Adolescent & Adult Mindfulness Pracitioner

Melissa Franklin has a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and psychology  from Oakland University. She is a McLean Meditation Institute certified meditation and mindfulness instructor (CMMI) and received mindfulness-based stress reduction training. Melissa is also a Reiki master and intuitive card reader. After being in the corporate world for over 30 years and feeling the stress associated with that she knew there was more to life. Melissa was introduced to meditation when her daughter was having heart surgery and the surgeon told Melissa that if she didn’t begin meditation she would end up being his next patient and probably wouldn’t survive. Once she experience the benefits firsthand she knew she had to bring the peace of meditation to others. Her desire to help people learn how to calm their minds and reduce stress has been her driving force in wanting to help her students. Melissa believes that meditation is one of the most beneficial practices you can bring into your life and she would love to help you develop your practice so that you can see amazing results and experience peace in your own life too.

Reiki Master & Acudetox Specialist

Janice Walker is a Level 2 Holy Fire Reiki Practitioner and Usui Master practicing since 2012. She was the first Certified Medical Reiki ™ Master in the State of Michigan having been instructed in the Medical Reiki ™ Gold Standards and Best Practices enabling her to take the practice of Reiki into various medical settings including preop, postop as well as the operating room as trained by Raven Keyes Medical Reiki ™ International in November 2016. She is very passionate about Reiki and has a strong desire to share and educate the public about the benefits of Reiki. In January 2018 she joined forces with Tara Moreno in launching The Serenity House Reiki Outreach. She currently holds the position of volunteer coordinator for the outreach organizing a group of certified Reiki practitioners who serve those in need as well as educating the public about the benefits of Reiki in the Genesee County area and beyond. Janice also facilitates a monthly Reiki share at the Life Enrichment Center on the 4th Saturday of the month.

Reiki Master & Acudetox Specialist 

Terry Moore is a registered nurse and has been in the healthcare arena since 1974. She holds a Bachelors of Health Services Administration (Summa Cum Laude). Her specialty was working in surgical department at Hurley Medical Center. Terry also taught at Baker College in Flint, Michigan.

After a rewarding 35-year career at Hurley Medical Center she retired in 2001. She continued her work in healthcare for another 10 years at The Surgery Center in Flint.

Terry began her holistic journey when she completed her study of USUI SHIKI RYOH Reiki and was attuned in March of 2010. In July of 2016 she completed her Master / Teacher Degree.

In December of 2018 Terry was introduced to Acudetox and in March of 2019 she completed the NADA Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist Training in Jackson, Michigan. In April she received her National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Certificate.

She is a mother of 2 and grandmother of three.  She is an artist, poet and author of Cancer A Journey of Attitude and Gratitude. She is an astute people watcher; by using her observational skills she creates artwork, poems and stories for her journals. She is passionate about using all her skills to help others in their pursuit of a healthier life.

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Aromatherapy Specialist

Jennifer Davis is currently a program at General Motors. She has been in the automotive industry for the past 4 years, but her true calling is aromatherapy. She is an advocate of holistic healing having used alternative medicine most of her life. She is educated in essential oils and the many benefits they provide. She is passionate about sharing how essential oils can help a person in the recovery process from addiction and emotional trauma. She has shared a personal experience with addiction as a child and spouse of an addict. She is devoted to helping the community overcome this epidemic and enthusiastic about working with the Serenity House of Flint.

 

Volunteer Recovery Coach & Reiki Master

Sarah Shaw, CPRC is a state certified peer recovery coach who has an extensive background in promoting self-advocacy and self-efficacy through multiple pathways of recovery and holistic intervention. Sarah is also a Reiki Master and has experience teaching mindfulness and the benefits of Aromatherapy.  As peer recovery coach and case manager for Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, she understands the necessity for individuals within the community who support multiple pathways and advocate for holistic options for recovery.