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.