Jeff Howard LPN, CEO
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Howard is a founding member and CEO of Midwest Recovery Centers. He has been involved in the recovery industry since the late 1990’s and has been instrumental in the development of multiple treatment programs as a founder, owner and Executive Director. He has been a Licensed Practical Nurse and State Certified AL Facility Manager for over 20 years. He is also an avid outdoors man and white water rafting is one of his passions. He has had multiple unguided trips down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and believes that everyone has a inherent right to a wonderful life. Through his own process of recovery and incorporation of a 12 step philosophy he has found that he can accomplish his dreams and help inspire others to do the same for themselves. His treatment philosophy has centered on the need for ethical, compassionate, treatment and education in regards to the progressive disease of addiction for the client he serves and their families.
Midwest Recovery Centers as an extended care treatment program will strive to maintain the highest levels of evidenced based practices to combat the rise of alcohol and drug dependency in our society. We believe It is through understanding of the disease and then repeated opportunities for implementation of new positive behaviors that self-change does occur. Midwest will consistently provide the therapeutic environment in which this change may manifest itself into the lives of our clients and their families.
Kevin O’Grady, M.S. CRADC
Kevin has been involved in the field of drug and alcohol counseling for over 10 years. Growing up in Georgia, addiction was prevalent in his own household. After his own battle with drugs and alcohol as a young man, he found a natural passion to help others find a way to break away from the misery of drugs and alcohol dependence. This passion prompted Kevin to begin a career studying and understanding the various techniques in which to approach and treat patients with drug dependence. Through his many opportunities working in health care, Kevin has developed the understanding that addiction is a disease that needs to be treated with time, care, and understanding. As a member of long-term recovery himself, Kevin is able to promote the values of honesty and integrity in his daily practice.
Geffen Liberman CRADC, CPC, LISAC
Professional Relations Consultant
Geffen has been in the field of addiction work for over 17 years. Having gotten clean and sober at a young age, it has been his passion to help other people experience the joy and freedom of recovery. After moving to the Kansas City area in 2004, Geffen quickly fell in love with the people and the sense of community found there. He wanted to be a part of bringing a first class treatment program to KC and is overjoyed at the opportunity to be a part of what Midwest Recovery Centers is doing. Geffen is based in Arizona and will be spending time between both areas, promoting Midwest Recovery to the vast addiction treatment community in AZ and spending as much “on the ground” time as possible in KC. He is looking forward to being able to actually enjoy real BBQ again.
Dr. Garrett Sullivan MD, LLC
Dr. Garrett G. Sullivan MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine and well versed in all branches of general care, brings whole-person foundation to partner with patients presenting with the full spectrum of medical problems, simple to complex.
Cyndie E. O’Bleness, M.A., MAADC II
Cyndie believes strongly in the healing power of human connection. Prior to coming to Midwest Recovery Centers, she was active in the non-profit sector, targeting her energies on empowerment of, and advocacy for, marginalized people. She brings a strengths-based approach to an eclectic, trauma-informed counseling style.
Cyndie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in human services. Her chosen focus of study in research and education were human behavior, post-traumatic resilience and growth, and addiction. She is a lifelong student of martial arts, which she considers a significant part of her long-term recovery from addiction.
Peer Support Specialists:
David Drummond, Kyle Leiker, Corey Monley, Jesse Steiner, Chaz Langeneckert
All PS are actively engaged in the 12 step programs, and dedicated to assisting clients in their recoveries. Each PSS has their own unique skill set and approach to recovery.