Jennifer Hansen is the CEO of Enlightened Solutions Treatment Center and the President of the Hansen Foundation which owns and operates Serenity Estates, Serenity Houses, Enlightened Farm and Enlightened Café. She also founded the Hansen Houses and the New Jersey Alliance of Recovery Residences. During the past 20 years, she has built a thriving recovery community which encompasses body, mind and spirit. Jennifer is selfless with her time when it comes to mentoring those who struggle with addiction. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, mother of three and wife. Jennifer was awarded the Sea Award for Advocacy in 2018 by the Mental Health Association, the Brian H. Early Community Leadership Award by the Caron Foundation and received the 2017 South Jerseyan of the Year Award, Not-for-profit sector by the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden. ” In 2005 Jennifer was awarded Woman of Distinction by the American Association of University Women, Atlantic County, for excellence and leadership in furthering gender equity.
Director of Operations
Terri Burns is the Director of Housing for The Hansen Foundation. Terri is in long term recovery since 1997, and has been working in the field of addiction since 1999. Over the years Terri has been a dedicated worker, working with adolescents, adult, and families. Terri has worked with the court systems, treatment centers, both inpatient and outpatient, and with sober living. Currently, Terri is a Co-Founder of Enlightened Solutions, Housing Director for The Hansen Foundation, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Director for the Certified Peer Recovery Program, President of the New Jersey Alliance of Recovery Residence (NJARR) and a trainer for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialists classes. Also, Terri is still very immersed in the 12- step community.
Lisa Whitley is the Executive Director of The Hansen Foundation. She brings over 25 years of experience in operational and business development project implementation. She is intrigued with the challenge of new projects, particularly those that tap into both her competitive personality and process-oriented mind. Lisa’s great passion is bringing an idea to life with a great team around her. She began her career in Atlanta, GA at the Global Home office of the American Cancer Society and proceeded to hold strategic business development positions at Deloitte and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Prior to joining the Hansen Foundation, Lisa was Chief Operating Officer of James Candy Company, a privately held consumer product company, for 15 years. She was responsible for operations, sales goals and financial oversight for the company portfolio that included 12 storefront locations, a manufacturing facility, an e-commerce site, and a wholesale B2B division. During her career, Lisa has also held non-profit board leadership positions with the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club and the Atlantic City Day Nursery. Lisa has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and a B.A. from Lehigh University.
Contact Lisa at: [email protected] or 609-968-3873
Director of Enlightened Farm
Briana is the Director of Enlightened Farm and leads all horticulture programs for clients of Enlightened Solutions and residents of Serenity Houses. After receiving her BA in Political Science and Public Health from The Catholic University of America, Briana moved to Washington State and joined a social justice community where she worked with at risk populations to improve health outcomes. She loved farming and horticulture during her time at L’Arche Farm where she helped individuals with disabilities learn how to grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Briana, tragically lost her brother Matthew to addiction in 2017. She felt that working with the Earth could help people in Recovery and in turn launched the Horticulture Therapy Program, transitional Employment Program Solid Roods, and agricultural crop production at Enlightened Farm. She loves fostering the healing relationship between people and nature, and is passionate about growing horticulture recovery programs at The Hansen Foundation.
Serenity House Assistant Director
Melissa Loupos is honored to have been employed by the Hansen Foundation since April 2014. As a proud alumna of Serenity House, the work and mission of the Hansen Foundation is deeply personal. Melissa has over six years experience in court advocacy, including DCPP and family court and is an approved supervisor through DCPP. Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2018, graduating Suma Cum Laude. She is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and is trained as a Level I facilitator on the High Ropes Course at Enlightened Solutions. Melissa previously interned at The Center for Faith Justice, Enlightened Solutions and The Arc of Atlantic County. One of her favorite quotes is “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.” -Dr. Cornel West
Jordan Jacobson is the Director of Food Services in charge of numerous culinary responsibilities within the organization including the Enlightened Café’ in Ventnor City. Jordan’s career includes work experience with well-known restaurants as Le Caravelle and Allora in NYC, the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills Hotel, L’Apogee in Steamboat Springs, and Timberline Restaurant and Timberline Café located in Crested Butte, Colorado. After spending time on both coasts gaining extensive experience as a chef, Jordan then moved to Colorado where he started focusing on sustainable health food initiatives using organic, grass fed, hormone-free, pesticide free and locally sourced options. Jordan attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City and holds various fitness and nutrition certifications.
Serenity Estates Assistant Director
Trish Wright is the Assistant Director of Serenity Estates and has been working in the recovery field since 2015. She is an active member of a 12-step fellowship and uses her lived experience to try to connect with and help others. Trish is also a trainer for the NJ Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Program through the Hansen Foundation. Trish graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, but her journey through addiction and recovery has led her to find that her purpose in this world is trying to help other people like herself. When Trish is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs, her family, and friends.