Employee List
Richard (Rick) H. Profit, Jr.

President & CEO - Corporate Office / Michigan

Richard (Rick) H. Profit, Jr. has been the Director, President and a board member of PAACT for over fourteen years. Rick is the stepson of Lloyd Ney, PAACT’s founder and the son of Janet Ney, Lloyd’s widow and PAACT Board Member.

Rick is 57 years of age, married 37 years, has two children and 4 grandchildren. His daughter Nichole is 35 years old, married and has 2 children, both boys ages 6 years and 2 years old. She has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Grand Valley State University and a Masters of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) from Cornerstone University. Nichole works for Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids, MIchigan. His son, Dustin is 32 years old, married and has 2 children, both boys ages 5 and 1 1/2 years old. He works in Construction throughout Michigan. Rick is a graduate of Aquinas College and has a BSBA. Most of Rick’s working life was spent in the food service industry where he was employed in business and management. He was also self-employed for over 16 years.
Rick had a close relationship with Lloyd for over 25 years. Some of his compassion for Prostate Cancer patients derives from that relationship and from his own experience with a life threatening illness. At the age of 22, during a routine physical, it was discovered that his liver enzymes were elevated well above normal. In August of 1995 Rick was admitted to the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery. At that time it was discovered he had cirrhosis of the liver and that the condition was far worse than the blood tests had indicated. He was diagnosed as having a rare liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis. His condition eventually became life threatening and a liver transplant was necessary for survival. After an 18 month wait, that included hospitalization on 7 different occasions, a liver finally became available for him on May 1, 1997. The surgery was successful and recovery complete.
The following was written by Rick’s daughter for publication in the Spectrum Health newsletter. It does not pertain to Prostate Cancer, and some of it may be repeated from above, but most importantly it symbolizes how precious life is.
“Don’t take your organs to heaven…heaven knows we need them here!”

The above quote is one that stays near and dear to my heart. Thanks to another individual who took this quote as truth, my family has been given the gift of an additional 17 1/2 years with my father (and hopefully many more). At the age of 22, my father was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a liver disease. At the time dad went about living life as he always had, but eighteen years later, at the age of 40, that all changed. An emergency gall bladder surgery led physicians to discover that my dad’s liver disease had significantly progressed. My dad was told to go to the University of Michigan Hospital to discuss a liver transplant. Without a transplant his life expectancy was very low. After 18 months on the transplant list, battling many infections, enduring multiple hospital stays and other side effects of his disease, we were notified that a liver was available. After 21 hours and tying off over 2000 capillaries the surgery was a success. That was 17 1/2 years ago, May 1, 1997.
My family will forever be grateful to the donor and the donor family for the gift of life that they gave to us. Thank you.
Rick is now going on his 17 1/2 year post transplant. It is with this unique personal history and business background that gives Rick the compassion and understanding needed to relate and communicate with Prostate Cancer patients as a member of the PAACT team.

In September 2011 he received the Harry Pinchot Award from the Prostate Cancer Research Insititute (PCRI). The award is given annually to those nominated for their excellence in dedication and support to the Prostate Cancer Community "Helping Men Know Their Options."
Jan Manarite

Vice President of Advocacy & Education - Florida

Jan Manarite was a caregiver for her husband’s very advanced prostate cancer for over 13 years. Jan’s husband, Dominic lost his battle to prostate cancer in 2013, but far exceeded any prognoses, predictions or statistics regarding his cancer journey. During these 13 years Jan was hired by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute as an Educational Facilitator, where she worked from her home in Florida. She handled Helpline calls, did research and soon began to write articles. Her passion for patient empowerment soon led her to public speaking, advocacy and educational projects, multiple committee appointments, and many interviews, from newspaper to magazine to television.

In 2014, Jan was awarded the MAKERS Award from PBS Television in Lee County, FL. Her profile of helping others and empowering patients will be highlighted on PBS-TV throughout 2015 and in the WGCU/PBS magazine, Expressions.

Jan joined the PAACT team in May of 2015 and took the position of Vice President of Advocacy & Education. Her desire is to continue to help others, empower patients & caregivers, clarify important issues and help create solutions to whatever new challenges the prostate cancer community encounters.

Although she spends occasional time at the PAACT office in MI, Jan still works from her home in FL and can be reached at jmanarite@paactusa.org or 239-208-4400. You may also contact the PAACT office to relay a message to Jan at 616-453-1477.


Molly Meyers
Manager of Business Operations - Corporate Office / Michigan

Molly Meyers is 46 years old, single and owns her own home.  Her hobbies are reading, cross-stitch, jigsaw puzzles, crossword and 'logic' puzzles, and crochet. She has lived in Jenison, Michigan a suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan for over 20 years now. She grew up in Bellaire on Intermediate Lake, a small town in Northern Michigan. At that time there were between 800-1,000 full time residents, with the population rising during the summer months. Molly grew up with one older sister, and two older brothers.

She has been in the workforce since she was 10 years old. Her mother was a registered nurse, and her father owned the local pharmacy. Back then, unlike today, it was okay for children to take part in family businesses at a very young age. At the age of 16 she became a pharmacy technician working beside her father during weekends, summers and holidays. She worked in the pharmacy until she was 25, at which time her father sold the family business and retired. After attending Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan and finishing her degree at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan she moved to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

Molly received her degree in Elementary Education with a double minor in Natural Science and English. When she first arrived in Grand Rapids she began working as a pharmacy technician, then went into the fast food industry, quickly moving up the management ladder. When she was asked to take over her own store, she knew it was time to move on to something else. That was when she began working for Michigan Family Resources – Kent County Head Start. After 5 ½ years at Head Start Molly began working for PAACT in July 2001. During her time at Michigan Family Resources – Kent County Head Start she was Rick Profit’s assistant for 3 ½ years. At present, Molly plays an integral role in the day to day operations: including newsletter layout and editing, bookkeeping, telephone calls, research and anything else asked of her. Combined Rick and Molly have worked together for over 16 years. You may contact PAACT by Phone: 616-453-1477, Fax: 616-453-1846, E-mail: paact@paactusa.org or Molly at mjmeyers@paactusa.org, by Mail: PO Box 141695, Grand Rapids, MI 49514 or 1143 Parmelee Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
John Mullineaux

PAACT Helpline Volunteer - Pennsylvania

John Mullineaux was diagnosed with intermediate risk (Gleason 3+4) prostate cancer in 2004, at age 54.  He had surgery in November of that year. His PSA started increasing rapidly 6 months later.  John elected to work with Dr. Charles 'Snuffy' Myers, and together they determined that John would use a brief round of hormonal therapy as his secondary treatment, his cancer has been well controlled since then.  For almost a decade, John was on the Executive Committee of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Chapter of UsTOO and became a strong advocate for patient empowerment.   John retired from Fenner Plc in 2014 after 37 years in various financial & general management positions and joined the PAACT Helpline as a Volunteer in July 2015. 

Janet Ney
Co-Founder - Michigan

Janet was the wife of Lloyd Ney, founder of PAACT. She assumed the position of President and Chairperson upon Lloyd’s passing on August 19, 1998. Lloyd’s final request of Jan was to continue the work that the two of them began with PAACT. Upon his passing Jan Ney stated “PAACT will go on. We have a very capable staff with many people, including doctors, who contribute to the organization on a regular basis. Due to health problems Janet stepped down as President and Chairperson, but remains an active member of the Board of Directors. Her son Richard H. Profit, Jr. was appointed President and Chairperson at that time and remains in that position today. ” Dr Stephen Strum put it so eloquently in his eulogy. “Lloyd was hardly for himself. Lloyd would have perished years ago if it were not for the love and caring of his wife, Jan Ney.

Jan was the perfect mate for Lloyd. For every strand of DNA there is a second strand that reinforces the structure and integrity of the other strand. So it is with Lloyd and Jan. Lloyd never would have succeeded without Jan. The praises in the past and in the present to Lloyd Ney are equally bestowed upon Jan Ney. As I have told Jan many times, she is one of the angels that are easily identified on the earthly plain.” Besides being involved in PAACT Jan’s many hobbies are reading, a passion for keeping her lawn and flower gardens beautiful, playing cards and golf. Jan also loves spending time with family, especially her 9 grandchildren.
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