Our Staff

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Serenity House Oakland. 60% of Staff pride themselves on having gone through the Recovery Process themselves and joined the organization as staff. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop.


Melissa Hellum

Executive Director

Sherrol Grey, SW

Associate Executive Director

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Diane White, D. Min.

Program Director

Paula Cook

Program Service Coordinator


Nicole Gardner

Community Outreach Coordinator

Erika Benitez

Finance & Operations Director


Patanisha Williams

Wellness and Business Manager


Our Board

Committed to the Cause

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Valerie Harder