Board of Directors

Our Story

Serenity House of Flint is a 501c3 recovery community organization that advocates for people in addiction recovery and provides holistic options for the community.

At this time Serenity holds two annual events to advocate for people in addiction recovery and reduce the stigma surrounding addiction: The Flint Recovery Walk & Rally in September and The Flint Arts & Music Show in March.

Serenity House offers reiki sessions at Odyssey House Out-Patient Services, Sacred Heart Out-Patient Services, Crossover Ministries, and Kindred Hospice through our Reiki Outreach Program. We also provide holistic healing services Friday nights at 6pm and a kids yoga class at the same time at the Stockton Center located at 720 Ann Arbor Street, Flint and a donation-based Meditation Workshop form 7:15pm-8:15pm on every Friday except for the first Friday. On the first Friday we provide an Acudetox group healing for a suggested donation of $15. 

You can check out of events calendar here for more information.

 

Tara Moreno

Founder & Executive Director

Tara Moreno M.A., holds a master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Michigan-Flint and currently teaches and practices holistic healing for people in recovery and their friends and family. Moreno has worked as a news reporter before becoming the founder of Serenity House in 2015. Since, Moreno has had training in recovery coaching through Genesee Health Systems, is a member of the Genesee Alcohol and Addiction Prevention Coalition and is on the Genesee County’s Family Against Narcotics advisory board. Moreno is also a certified Reiki master, certified Acudetox Specialist, and is a person in long-term recovery. She has private practice where she has treated about a 100 clients with reiki for past three years.

 

Serena Gunn

Board Chair

Serena Gunn has been a mentor for women throughout her life and career. Gunn is a peer recovery coach for Odyssey House and is also a Reiki practitioner and has been using the modality on a regular basis along with a 12-step program for her own recovery. Gunn is a passionate community member with a focus on addiction advocacy and holistic medicine.

 

Marcia Bracken 

Vice President

Marcia Bracken began her journey into Holistic Health in 2014 as the result of unforeseen medical necessities. Essential oil use became a new way of life for Marcia and her family.  Having studied Physical Therapy in college, human anatomy and physiology was one thing, but the world of emotions, informed self care and plant-based medicine in order to help heal physical and emotional issues was nothing she had studied, given thought to or even would have accepted as legitimate options.

Now, as an active and lifelong student of Aromatherapy, Emotional Intelligence and Recovery support through essential oil use, Marcia enjoys meeting and working with people to help them come to understand the opportunities available to them too.  Teaching and sharing real, effective, sustainable and understandable usage for individuals and families has become her daily profession.  Currently she works with juvenile youth in detention facilities, Marcia is able to witness how aromatherapy is highly in reducing, stress, anxiety, anger while also improving sleep, discomfort in this youth population.

 

Harry Blecker

Treasurer

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.

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.