Our Mission

The Delray Beach Drug Task Force’s mission is to provide community leadership and education in the campaign against addiction by maintaining a network and forum to discuss, advocate, and influence issues with regard to public safety, prevention, and rehabilitation.

Meet the Team

The Delray Beach Drug Task Force Executive Board is comprised of local addiction professionals and thought leaders who influence and lead substance abuse treatment protocols and initiatives in our community.

 
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Nancy Steiner RN , CRRA

Executive Director

Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her position as a leader of the Delray drug task force. Having worked in the addiction field for over 35 years, she has been a member of the drug task force for over a decade. As a founding member of the first SUD event , she is grateful to serve as a leader for the Delray Beach drug force. Nancy continues to work as a clinical consultant and is grateful to be part of this years SUD talks event .

 
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Michael Hendren

Immediate Past Executive Director and Chair of the SUD Talk Event

Mike Hendren is the Former Executive Director of the Delray Beach Drug Task Force and the Chair of this year’s SUDTalks - Beacons of Hope: 360 Degrees of Empowerment. Under his leadership, The Delray Beach Drug Task Force addressed an unprecedented amount of opioid overdoses, a critical issue that affected not only the Delray community but also, our nation. The Task Force partnered with The Delray Beach Police Department to develop a program called Delray C.A.R.E.S which employed a “Service Population Advocate” to meet homeless and overdose victims face-to-face offering resources and support. In addition, Mike assisted in coordinating the First Responders Training Program to provide the Delray Beach Police, Fire & Rescue Teams with psychological support due to the ongoing overdose issue.

One of Mike’s goal as Executive Director for the Delray Beach Drug Task Force, was to expand SUDTalks knowing that delivering inspiring stories and exchanging ideas in an entertaining format has the power to destigmatized substance use disorder and as an end result, save lives. This year’s show has grown from 8 speakers to 21 and from an audience of 325 to 2,400 with all proceeds benefitting the Delray Beach Drug Task Forces Initiatives: First Responders Training Program and Delray C.A.R.E.S.

Under his tenure, Mike also witnessed over 100 Delray treatment providers close their doors as a direct result of new regulations, decreased insurance reimbursement and negative press. His unwavering, ethical voice of reason reminded local and national news outlets, family members and even those struggling with the disease of addiction themselves that Delray’s recovery community is powerful, resilient and continues to make countless advancements in the field of addiction.

Mike is also an associate at Making Luck, Inc., a company that helps businesses, on a local, regional and national level, to identify and implement successful sales tactics from prospecting, to closing and customer retention. He specializes in developing innovative solutions for management that improves team leadership and motivation, creates accountability, and resolves conflicts to foster a positive work environment.

Mike earned a BA in Business Management from Missouri Baptist University where he was also an All-American college basketball player. He enjoys winter hiking, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and their 2-year old daughter.

 
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Lissa Franklin

Assistant Executive Director

Lissa currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director for the Delray Beach Drug Task Force. Outside of the task force, she is the Chapter Lead of Young People in Recovery: Delray Beach, the Vice President of Unite For Ethics Now, the Vice President of Southeast Florida Recovery Advocates, founder of URecovery at the University of Miami, on the Board of Directors for the Ian Mautner Foundation, actively involved with the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force and the Miami Dade Opioid Task Force, and is employed as the Director of Clinical Outreach at Life of Purpose Treatment. Lissa attributes South Florida Treatment and Recovery to saving her life, which is why she remains action-oriented to keep hope alive for others. She is honored to live in Delray Beach, because it is a city that is leading the way by providing solutions for municipalities across the country that are ready to implement patient protections and recovery support services.

 
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Mort Simpson

Assistant to the Executive Director

Mort is a former New York City based portfolio manager and securities analyst with broad experience successfully investing in long and short positions during both constructive and difficult market environments. He has served several non-profit community based organizations prior to moving to Florida and is honored to be involved in the Delray Beach Drug Task Force. Mort has a BS in Accounting from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

 
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Terry Shapiro

Associate Director

Currently Terry Shapiro is a Professional Relations Officer at Origins Behavioral HealthCare. He has over 25 years of experience working in addiction and behavioral health — including 12 years in executive leadership roles with three prominent companies in Illinois and Florida. Terry began his career as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor. He served as an employee assistance counselor for Amtrak Railroad and then as executive director for the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services in Tennessee. He developed and implemented prevention programs in schools and provided counseling to youth and families in Bogota, Colombia. While there, he operated a baseball academy and was also a scout for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.

Terry is fluent in Spanish and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has presented at national and regional conferences, conducted interventions, and provided several print and broadcast interviews on addiction treatment. He received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Winona State University in Minnesota and his master’s degree in in Human Services Counseling with an emphasis on addictions from National Louis University in Evanston, IL.

 
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Tony Allerton

Associate Director

Tony Allerton is one of South Florida’s most experienced life coaches with people in recovery. An alcoholic with more than 33 years of sobriety, Tony is the long-time president of The Crossroads Club in Delray Beach. The Club is a safe haven for people whose lives have been adversely affected by addiction. He also serves in key positions on The Delray Beach Drug Task Force and The Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. Tony brings his own successful experiences and deep compassion to his work with those seeking the right path.

 
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Jeff Steiner

Treasurer

Jeff is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio State University in 1978. He’s lived in South Florida 37 years, and was the Chief Finance Officer of Lifeskills South Florida for 15 years until the recent sale. Jeff still maintains his private practice, Steiner and Gelber PA, since 1994.

 
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Terrill Pyburn

Secretary

Terrill C. Pyburn is board certified in City, County, and Local Government Law and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the Florida Bar. She is currently employed as the City Attorney for the City of Coconut Creek where she has worked for 1 year. Prior to working for the City of Coconut Creek, Ms. Pyburn was employed by the City of Delray Beach for over 12 years. Ms. Pyburn has experience representing the City and/or advising City Officials, Advisory Board Members, and City Employees in various legal matters including but not limited to: Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights, Contracts, Eminent Domain, Employment, Ethics, Fair Housing, First Amendment, Land Use and Zoning, Personal Injury, Procurement and Public Finance, Real Estate, Public Records, Sunshine Law, and Wrongful Death. She also has experience in drafting ordinances and land development regulations and agreements, and has handled civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Ms. Pyburn received her B.A. with honors from Florida State University and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Ms. Pyburn is a recipient of the Florida League of Cities Hometown Home Rule Hero Award for 2013 for her assistance with drafting state legislation regarding sober homes. She has also spoken to numerous neighborhood homeowner’s associations and civic groups as well as the Palm Beach and Florida League of Cities, testified at state legislative hearings, and presented to Congressional staff on Capitol Hill regarding the topic of sober homes.