Notable BIPOC Executives: Kenneth Ginlack

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable BIPOC Executives
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 14
  • Undergrad degree/university: Upper Iowa University
  • Graduate degree/university: Loyola University Chicago Masters in Social Work

Kenneth Ginlack is the chief executive officer at Milwaukee-based Serenity Inns Inc., a recovery program for alcoholism and addiction. Since coming to Serenity a year ago, he has made a significant impact on programming, ensuring a focus on trauma-informed care with an evidence-based curriculum, according to colleagues.

“Ken was able to spearhead a community event to address the increase in the overdose rate among African American men in Milwaukee County,” said Alicia Bryant, executive assistant at Serenity.

Attendees were given free groceries, hot dogs, hamburgers and behavioral health resources as well as a dose of Narcan and training on how to administer it.

“Ken has been instrumental in community engagement by getting community members to volunteer for dinner fellowship with the men at Serenity Inns,” said Bryant. 

Ginlack started his career after he completed treatment for substance use disorder. He went back to school to become a counselor, obtained his master’s degree and later became a fully licensed psychotherapist.

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