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For all the internet offers, finding information on the right treatment facilities isn’t always easy. Our site includes listings for rehab facilities, healthcare providers, counselors and other organizations – all so you or a loved one can take that important first step. Every dollar we raise helps expand this site and helps save more lives.

We’re here to say it’s possible. Search for a facility. Call today. If the place you call is full, try another. Never stop trying. Because it’s worth giving it the fight of your life.

In loving memory.

In February 2016, our beloved Jennifer Emerald Ayars lost her battle with addiction. She was many things: a chef, artist, writer, designer, loving family member and friend. Most of all, she was deeply caring and always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. We created The Emerald Jenny Foundation in her honor and in remembrance that her benevolent light did not stop shining, but can burn bright through us and illuminate the people around us.

“I’ll never let you part, for you are always in my heart.” – Michael Jackson

EJF NEWS

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Emerald Jenny Foundation Offers Guidance to Families Fighting Addiction

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Local Family Turns Heartbreak into Plan to Stop Opioid Deaths

THE TEAM

BILL AYARS // BOARD MEMBER

Jackie Ayars

JACQUELINE AYARS // BOARD MEMBER

DONNA CONGENI FITZSIMMONS

DONNA CONGENI FITZSIMMONS // BOARD MEMBER

JEFFREY O. GALVIN, M.D. // BOARD MEMBER

RAYMOND J. MARVAR, ESQ. // BOARD MEMBER

DONALD C. MAY, CPA, ABV // BOARD MEMBER

JOHN MEYERHOFFER

JOHN MEYERHOFFER // BOARD MEMBER

KENNETH T. MISENER // BOARD MEMBER

MARY P. PATTON // BOARD MEMBER

Susan Tarry

SUSAN TARRY // STAFF

BILL AYARS // BOARD MEMBER

Founder, The Emerald Jenny Foundation

Bill Ayars is managing principal and co-founder of Perspectus Architecture, a full-service Cleveland-based firm specializing predominantly in healthcare design. In 2016, Bill founded The Emerald Jenny Foundation following the tragic loss of his daughter, Jennifer, 28, from a drug overdose. In the midst of his family’s crisis, Bill was confronted with the overwhelming challenge to find the right treatment options in time for Jennifer. Together with his daughter, Jackie and fiancée, Susan, Bill worked to solve the challenge he had experienced and launched a website, www.emeraldjennyfoundation.org in hopes of helping other families find the resources they need. The mobile-friendly site includes more than 1200 providers across the state of Ohio.

Community: 

  • American College of Healthcare Architects – Board Certified
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Member
  • John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association – Member

JACQUELINE AYARS // BOARD MEMBER

Jacqueline Ayars, sister of Jennifer Emerald Ayars, found herself thrust into the world of substance use disorder providers after Jennifer’s tragic death. Jackie joined her father and worked tirelessly to research and verify the first 14 counties in Northeast Ohio that the website opened with. Jackie is a free spirit and spent much of 2017 traveling around the country in an RV with her dogs and her boyfriend. During those travels she continued to work remotely on The Emerald Jenny Foundation website, entering the remaining 74 counties that were added to the site. After returning to Ohio in 2018, Jackie continues to serve on the Board.

DONNA CONGENI FITZSIMMONS // BOARD MEMBER

The Honorable Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons has served as judge of the Rocky River Municipal Court since 1994. Much of her judicial career has involved helping addicted defendants embrace recovery, and she has seen hundreds of people whose lives have been saved. In particular, she has helped youthful defendants caught up in the heroin epidemic that has plagued the community for the last 10 years. In the 1980s, she served as deputy counsel to President Reagan’s Commission on Organized Crime in Washington, D.C.

Community:

  • Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland – 20th Anniversary special recognition for her leadership and dedication to the safety of women and their families by treating alcohol and drug addictions.

  • Junior League of Cleveland – “Gem of Cleveland” recognition in 1997

  • Domestic Violence Center – Chair, Break the Silence Luncheon

  • U.S. Attorney General – Special Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Department of Justice; first female appointed U.S. Special Attorney

  • FBI – Special Achievement Award

  • Recovery Resources Exemplar Award – in 2012 for efforts in dealing with alcohol and drug addiction

     

JEFFREY O. GALVIN, M.D. // BOARD MEMBER

Jeff Galvin has been a lifelong resident of Cleveland’s West Side. For more than 25 years, he has enjoyed a successful medical career, currently specializing in Internal Medicine with The MetroHealth System and serving as the medical director for MetroHealth’s Crocker Park Westlake satellite.

Community:

  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Board Certified
  • American College of Physicians – Member
  • ALS Community – Jeff is a passionate supporter of the ALS community and fundraiser for the Blazeman Foundation by virtue of his marathon and triathlon training.

RAYMOND J. MARVAR, ESQ. // BOARD MEMBER

Raymond J. Marvar is an experienced professional with a long distinguished legal career and deep roots in the Northeast Ohio community. He is in the private practice of law with areas of practice including healthcare and general litigation.  His career included roles as general counsel for a large independent medical group.  He was also counsel with the national law firm of Tucker & Ellis. And he served as general counsel, secretary and corporate compliance officer for the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals.

Community:

  • Notre Dame Club of Cleveland 
  • Recovery Resources
  • Richman Brothers Foundation 
  • St. Francis de Porres High School
  • Slovenian Museum & Archives

DONALD C. MAY, CPA, ABV // BOARD MEMBER

Don May is experienced in complex tax issues affecting businesses and individuals and serves clients in a wide variety of industries, including retail, wholesale, manufacturing, health care and business valuation. Since 1993, Don has served as a member of the Tax Group at HW&Co., a Cleveland-based CPA firm.

Community:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Tax Club of Cleveland

JOHN MEYERHOFFER // BOARD MEMBER

John Meyerhoffer is an experienced information technology operations manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. John currently serves as manager of IT Operations for Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital and Avon Hospital. He plans, directs and controls information technology activities and provides analytical, consultative and information support to the hospitals’ senior executive and leadership teams. John also participates in site planning and business development initiatives.

Community:

  • North Coast Health – Director

KENNETH T. MISENER // BOARD MEMBER

Ken Misener serves as executive in residence for the Health Care Administration MBA Program with Cleveland State University’s Ahuja College of Business. In this role, Ken supports students and faculty associated with this specialized graduate program through the development of strategic relationships with major healthcare organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. He organizes student experiential learning programs, internships and career planning. In addition, Ken has served as director of strategic planning of Perspectus Architecture since 2010, where he establishes and advances key relationships with healthcare leaders and develops strategic business development initiatives.

Community:

  • Jennings Center for Older Adults – Board Member
  • Monte Ahuja College of Business Hall of Fame – inducted in 2012
  • Northeast Ohio Hospice – Board Member

MARY P. PATTON // BOARD MEMBER

Mary Patton has enjoyed a successful career in marketing and public relations for more than 30 years. She is currently the development and marketing director of The First Tee of Cleveland, a non-profit organization that teaches life skills and core values to youth ages 6-18 through the game of golf. She also serves as president of Patton Public Relations, Inc., a PR firm she founded in 2001, through which she manages PR and marketing projects for various clients in Northeast Ohio. Mary previously served as director of marketing for Cleveland-based Perspectus Architecture for eight years.

Community:

  • Diana Hyland Miracle Fund / UH Seidman Cancer Center – Event Chair and Publicist
  • John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association – Member
  • John Carroll University Alumni Association – Past Board Member a recipient of the University’s Alumni Medal (2005)
  • Beaumont School – Past Board Member
  • Achievement Centers for Children – Past Board Member
  • The Press Club of Cleveland – Past Board Member

SUSAN TARRY // STAFF

Director of Operations, The Emerald Jenny Foundation

Susan Tarry took a hiatus from her career in banking in 2014. After the loss of Bill Ayars’ daughter, Jennifer, in 2016, Susan went back to work to help create and maintain The Emerald Jenny Foundation database. Currently, Susan directs the daily operations, training of staff, and works on research and outreach.

Community:

  • Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force – Member
  • Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition – Member