JAN CAIRNES, Chief Executive Officer
Prior to assuming her role as CEO, Jan Cairnes led the Hanley Foundation’s Prevention Services for 18 years, raising grant funds to deliver programming free of charge to schools, churches, and community groups. Jan’s enthusiasm and commitment to her leadership role accompany the Foundation’s enhanced mission of providing expanded programming and grant support for statewide substance use disorder prevention, education, advocacy and access to quality treatment.
As a Certified Prevention Professional, Jan understands the importance of educating families on the disease of addiction and the critical role that parents play in prevention. Jan is known for her high-energy, motivational presentations, which are coupled with her passion for parenting. These attributes have fueled her successful implementation of prevention and education strategies that have positively impacted the lives of parents and their children for over 30 years.
A native Kentuckian, Jan received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Jan joined the Hanley family in 1998 to bring a model approach to prevention education. She has co-authored two prevention programs including “Bounce: Be a Resilient Child,” for children 6 to 12 years and “Aging to Perfection,” an education program for older adults. She is published and has spoken at numerous local, state, and national conferences.
Jan’s recent accomplishments include being on the Board of Directors of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) and on the Board of Trustees for the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. She was named a 2016 Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach Woman of Distinction and a 2017 nominee for a Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Women of Worth Award. She is an active member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches and Palm Beach Leadership FOCUS Class of 2017.
Jan is a founding member of Professionals Against Doping and Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) Taskforce. Jan represented Hanley Foundation and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) at the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s Clean Sport Alliance. She is a FHSAA official for track and field and cross-country and a member of the FHSAA Steroid Prevention Steering Committee.
Jan was instrumental in Florida winning the prestigious Sports Illustrated Award in 2006 and was able to more than quadruple the program through her fundraising efforts. Jan was a finalist for Sun-Sentinel’s Sports Person of the year in 2007, and in 2008, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission named her Outstanding Sports Contributor. Jan was named a Cardinal Newman High School Distinguished Basketball Crusader in 2008. In 2015, she was inducted into the Pineville High School Sports Hall of Fame in her hometown.
RYAN WERTEPNY, Executive Director of Prevention Services
Ryan Wertepny is a prevention professional who plays a key role in educating families about the disease of addiction, while helping youth make healthy choices and become more media-literate. He oversees all of Hanley Foundation’s prevention programming and enjoys knowing that he and his team make a difference. Additionally, Ryan has assisted in grant writing efforts resulting in more than $1 million of support for evidence-based prevention programs throughout Florida.
Ryan says his passion for working with youth and prevention issues began as a volunteer with the Boys Scouts of America. As a proud Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, he still volunteers with the organization. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Ryan moved to the area before the age of one so he considers himself a Palm Beach County native. He graduated from Wellington High School, received his Associate of Arts degree from Palm Beach State College and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida.
Ryan joined the Hanley Foundation in December of 2008 with experience in the real estate industry as well as event planning and fundraising with nonprofits. He is a national trainer and presenter for Alcohol Literacy Challenge, Teen Intervene, ATLAS, and ATHENA.
Active with the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse and the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, he volunteers with the Coalition’s Event Planning Subcommittee and received their Community (Civic) Leader Champion Award in 2014. Ryan describes himself as an avid sports fan and loves traveling with his family.
TURNER BENOIT, Chief Development Officer
Turner Benoit, a Palm Beach native and former Regional Business Development and Marketing Associate for MAP Health Management, oversees the Foundation’s advocacy and fundraising efforts to help bolster our expansion of services. He joined the Hanley family as a clinical liaison in 2013. Turner’s efforts to introduce the Foundation’s newly expanded mission to both old and new supporters in the community at large will help to reach even more people in the coming years.
Turner was educated at Rollins College and openly shares the good news that he is in active recovery. With a beautiful family that includes two adorable kids, Turner is especially passionate about how addiction affects our children and community. He knows how much suffering his own family experienced due to his struggles, and wants to do all he can to attack the problem of addiction from all angles – with prevention, education, advocacy, and access to quality care.
RUDINA TORO, CPA, MTax, Chief Financial Officer
Rudina is a Certified Public Accountant and active member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Finance and Accounting from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Rudina joined the Hanley Foundation team in September of 2018 with 18 years of public accounting and auditing experience. She has been responsible for developing and implementing organizational internal controls, establishing and maintaining accounting policies and procedures, preparing and issuing GAAP-compliant financial statements, managing debt and working capital, and supervising all corporate financial and business processes, including HR.
As an auditor, Rudina conducted financial statement and single audits for numerous non-profit and governmental clients, including executing and supervising daily field work, assessing audit risk and evaluating internal controls, preparing, reviewing, and revising audit programs and work papers, proposing adjusting journal entries, preparing draft financial statements, presenting audit reports and applicable findings to boards of directors, assisting with implementation of audit recommendations, and preparing Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.
BARBARA SHAFER, Director of Education
Barbara Shafer serves as a paraprofessional advocate having a focus on prevention/educational opportunities for Palm Beach County that include providing strategies to parents and families to help identify substance use and abuse early and also when to recognize the need for professional help.
Leading the Project C4OPE (connecting for overdose prevention and education) program to offer a safe place to discuss meaningful and relevant topics of interest to families who share the experience of a loved one who has died of an opioid overdose, survived an overdose, or are at high risk for overdose.
The opioid epidemic has directly touched her family when she lost her 21- year- old daughter to heroin addiction in 2015. She has since participated in the HGTC Addiction Lecture Series in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2016 and has made it her mission to help families affected by addiction and/or who have lost children to addiction. Bringing hope to those families and individuals struggling with substance use disorders and to change the conversation and reduce the stigma.
Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Dayton and has realized a successful 35-year marketing/publishing career. Her professional strengths include being a strong media and communications professional with exceptional interpersonal relationship skills.
Barbara is active with the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition (PBCSAC), Alliance of Women Executives and ALwayS for ALS.