Staff


Ellen Blathers
Executive Director
The Executive Director leads the Resident Selection Process, manages staff, facilitates House and Spiritual Growth Meetings, teaches money management, prepares residents for the job market, and works with the Board of Directors and other organizations to further collaboration in order to continue the growth and development of Serenity Inns.
Jason Dobson
Substance Abuse Counselor
A graduate of Serenity Inns in 2011, Jason has since received his Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and is currently working on his Master’s degree. As lead Substance Abuse Counselor, Jason provides addictions counseling and case management for the clients of Serenity Inns, Alumni House, and outpatient/day treatment.
Virginia Zignego
Director of Development & Administration

Virginia joined the staff of Serenity Inns in August 2018. She is responsible for Serenity's revenue streams which allow us to achieve our mission and maximize our impact in the community. She works on a daily basis with churches, foundations, individual donors and community partners. In her spare time, Virginia enjoys running, cooking, traveling and Milwaukee's arts.

Jason Seney
Innkeeper

The primary role of the innkeepers is to provide a "Ministry of Presence," being visible and available, showing compassion and respect, listening without solving, maintaining accountability, and modeling a responsible lifestyle for the residents. An alumnus of Serenity Inns, Jason Seney puts his personal experience with the program to use in his position as part-time innkeeper.

Dwayne Early
Innkeeper
The primary role of the innkeepers is to provide a "Ministry of Presence," being visible and available, showing compassion and respect, listening without solving, maintaining accountability, and modeling a responsible lifestyle for the residents. An alumnus of Serenity Inns, Dwayne Early puts his personal experience with the program to use in his position as part-time innkeeper.
Lee Lewis
Innkeeper
The primary role of the innkeepers is to provide a "Ministry of Presence," being visible and available, showing compassion and respect, listening without solving, maintaining accountability, and modeling a responsible lifestyle for the residents. A graduate of Serenity Inns, Lee Lewis puts his personal experience with the program to use in his position as part-time innkeeper.
James Nichols
Innkeeper
The primary role of the innkeepers is to provide a "Ministry of Presence," being visible and available, showing compassion and respect, listening without solving, maintaining accountability, and modeling a responsible lifestyle for the residents. James Nichols is pursuing certification as a substance abuse counselor; in his role as innkeeper, he is applying what he is learning in his coursework to the Serenity Inns program.
Charles Linyard
Innkeeper
The primary role of the innkeepers is to provide a "Ministry of Presence," being visible and available, showing compassion and respect, listening without solving, maintaining accountability, and modeling a responsible lifestyle for the residents. Charles Linyard received his associates degree in December 2016 and will soon have enough hours to take his state test to become a licensed substance abuse counselor. He is applying what he learned in his coursework to his position as part-time innkeeper.
Ralph McClure
Volunteer Program Auditor
Ralph works closely with the Executive Director and the Lead Counselor to insure that the staff provides highly ethical care for the men we treat. He is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver and has many years of experience in the health care arena.

Also see our Board of Directors