Serenity Inns announces new Executive Director


Nonprofit supporting men in addiction has new leadership

The Serenity Inns Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Kenneth Ginlack, Sr., as Executive Director.  His first day with Serenity Inns will be December 6,  .

Ken is widely known within the Milwaukee recovery and behavioral health community and his reputation and network are impressive. He holds the highest licensing credential achievable within residential recovery in the state of Wisconsin: Independent Clinical Supervisor – ICS (ICS). In addition, he is a fully licensed Psychotherapist, as well as having earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work.

He is leaving his post as Director of Outpatient Treatment Programs, a key role in the leadership structure at Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division, where he had oversight of a large staff and multi-million-dollar contracts. Much of Ken’s earlier career experience was with smaller treatment organizations. This well-rounded background in a variety of treatment modalities is a key reason he was selected to lead the next chapter of Serenity Inns’ growth, according to Board Chair Tom Dunst.

About his new role, Ken says, “Leading an organization like Serenity Inns is a dream come true. I feel like my entire career has been preparing me for this role in an organization where faith and connection with God and a higher purpose play critical roles in the recovery program. I’m excited to build on the strong foundation built by the Board, Volunteers and Staff to lead Serenity Inns into the future.”

Tom Dunst, Serenity Inns Board Chair, said, “What impressed the Board, even beyond Ken’s impressive credentials, is his humility and commitment to God and his higher purpose in serving others. He believes becoming connected to a faith community was a key part of his success in recovery. Securing Ken as our new leader will position Serenity Inns for a stronger leadership role within the larger Milwaukee treatment community.”

The leadership opportunity at Serenity Inns came about as a result of the retirement of former Executive Director Ellen Blathers earlier this year.  Interim Executive Director Kevin Lynch has served Serenity Inns since May 2021 and will be overseeing the transition through mid-December. During this transitional period, the Board of Directors and staff of Serenity Inns have done deeply reflective work to prepare the organization for the next chapter of service to the community under the leadership of a new Executive Director.

For more information or with questions from donors, volunteers, and friends of Serenity Inns, please contact Virginia Zignego, Director of Development & Administration, at or (262) 370-3993, or Kevin Lynch, Interim Executive Director at or (612) 723-4209.


Summer 2021 Newsletter

The Summer 2021 Newsletter is available to read here.

Spring 2021 Newsletter

The Spring 2021 Newsletter is available to read here

Winter 2020 Newsletter

The Winter 2020 Newsletter is out and available to read here.

In this issue, you can hear from Jason Dobson, our Lead Substance Abuse Counselor, with advice for the holidays for those in recovery and their loved ones, a message from our residents, and some ways to leave a bequest to Serenity Inns.

Fall 2020 Newsletter

The Fall 2020 newsletter is out and available to read. In this issue, you can read a spotlight on some of our newest Alumni as well as the important role our Innkeepers play.

Serenity Inns Newsletter Fall 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter

The Summer 2020 Newsletter is now available! Inside, you can read about some updates with the Alumni House, tips on dealing with stress and anxiety from our Lead Substance Abuse Counselor, and words from some of our recent Serenity Inns graduates. Click here to read more

Spring 2020 Special Newsletter

We have created this special newsletter as an update on how COVID 19 has impacted Serenity Inns. Please read the full newsletter Here

Spring 2020 Newsletter

The Spring 2020 Newsletter is available here. The Spring 2020 Newsletter contains information about a new program being offered to our residents, stories from some of our recent graduates, and a recent award!

2020 Celebration of Recovery

2020 Celebration of Recovery

Serenity Inn opened its door to residents on Easter Monday, April 12th,
2004, a fitting beginning for addicted men looking for a new life just after
the Christian observance of Christ’s resurrection! On that April day, the staff
began following the mission of the organization as it does today, 16 years
later: To provide structured housing and rehabilitative services in an
environment of support and accountability that will give addicted men the
opportunity to rebuild their lives.

June 4th marks the 10th Annual Celebration of Recovery—June 4th is the new
date, postponed from April 23 because of the coronavirus. Please consider
joining us at the Italian Community Center to help us celebrate. Highlights of
the evening include messages from a resident and a graduate (designated
the Alumnus of the Year), a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and a great meal from
the Bartolotta kitchen! Mike Strehlow of Channel 58 will again be
the Master of Ceremonies.

What can you do?

  • ATTEND on Thursday, June 4th. The cost is $85 per person. For a
    $2500 donation, you become part of the HOST COMMITTEE and host a table
    for 8. For a $5,000 donation, you become an EVENT SPONSOR and host 2

For more information, to request an invitation, or to make a silent
auction donation, contact Virginia Zignego at , 262-
370-3993 or Lorraine Buehler at, 414-964-8933.

Winter 2019 Newsletter

The Winter 2019 Newsletter is out! In it, you can read about the importance of our Dinner Fellowships, an update on the Alumni House Renovation, and the challenges of relapse. You can read more here