Board of Directors
The Serenity House of Flint is a recovery community organization founded in 2015 by Tara Moreno as an addiction prevention service. The Serenity House of Flint provides substance use and co-occurring disorders prevention for men, women, adolescents, and children. Services are conducted utilizing a Community Resiliency model that meets consumers in their current stage of change and empowers them to move through the trauma incurred from addiction from a whole person perspective. The Serenity House of Flint provides a wide spectrum of services including: advocacy and educational events to reduce stigma surrounding addiction, and holistic prevention methods such as Recovery Reiki groups, Reiki sessions, Acudetox, Aromatherapy, Mindfulness for Adolescents & Adults, Yoga, Drumming circles, and talking circles.
The Serenity House of Flint is committed to promoting change and awareness; reducing stigma and shame by providing a better understanding of recovery. All services and projects conducted by The Serenity House of Flint take place in a strategic planning framework that includes attention to assessing the needs of our clients and constituencies; assessing and building capacity for the benefit of our clients, researching and applying evidence-based practices and using outcome and evaluation to drive services, as evidenced by the results of our data collection and analysis. The Serenity House of Flint is cognizant of cultural diversity and provides cultural competency awareness that helps those who are affiliated with Serenity House to effectively operate within different cultural contexts with sensitivity toward members of other ethnic or cultural groups.
This program aligns with Tier III Priorities by creating a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) that will be a community coalition created for the purposes of effecting change in targeted areas including: stigma reduction, increase community awareness about addiction and recovery, establish a “home” for the recovering community, and to provide community trainings and awareness events. This project is part of a growing trend to establish RCO’s across the country. The formation of a Recovery Community Organization also supports peer development, within a Recovery Oriented System of Care framework.
The Serenity House of Flint provides services that are also aligned with the Community Resiliency Model of Care which focuses on the resiliency of the individual and the community. The Serenity House of Flint provides services that are based on an individual’s needs (whole person-centered), are guided by the individual’s desires (self-directed), focus on the individual’s strengths and include collateral contacts such as families, friends and other key supports. The Serenity House of Flint believes the key to effective care is to focus on the individual receiving care, and not on a ‘one size fits all model.’ Further, The Serenity House does not believe substance use occurs in ‘a vacuum,’ which means recovery must involve a community effort in order to maximize success.
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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.
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.
Taha Jamil, MD
Board MemberDr. Taha 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, RN
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.
Ali is also passionate about her two Great Dane children and family by choice in Cheboygan. In her spare time, she enjoys developing original recipes, sewing and coloring.