Our Expert Staff
– Jeff Howard LPN, MAADC II, CEO
Jeff Howard, LPN, CADC, 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.
Executive Director of Detox & Residential Services –
Geffen is a founding member of MRC and is a CRADC in the state of Missouri. Having been in personal recovery for over 25 years and having worked in treatment for over 20, Geffen is passionate about creating an opportunity for people in the Kansas City area to receive high quality treatment. Geffen has worked in all facets of treatment which allows him to bring a unique perspective to the process. Geffen uses a combination of humor, experience and developed education to provide empathy and support to clients at MRC.
In his spare time, Geffen enjoys spending time with his family and engaging in all things related to most every sport. Oh, and eating plenty of the world’s best BBQ, which can only be found right here in Kansas City!
Shay McNeal, NP-C
Shay McNeal is a Kansas City Native who studied Biomedical Science and Chemistry at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. During her time through college, she was an award winning and published Researcher in the field of Scanning Electron Microscopy. Shay returned to the Kansas City area after graduating with her Bachelors of Science from Southeast Missouri State to further pursue medicine through nursing at Rockhurst University and later her Masters of Science in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner from Research College of Nursing. She has over 10 years of experience in emergency medical services, urgent care, acute inpatient hospital medicine, long term care, geriatric medicine and acute inpatient drug and alcohol addiction and detox specialty care. She has a passion for serving under represented populations and providing compassionate, fair, and comprehensive care to everyone she serves. She believes in access to honest, straight forward and understandable medical services for all.
When away from work she keeps busy with her 4 children, her husband, Dillard, and her cutie pie Australian Shepherd, Blue. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and provides community service to all mankind through their many programs. Traveling is her number one hobby and she has plans to see a different country every year until retirement. She is currently learning French and hopes to live abroad once she kicks all her kids out of the house one day. Until then, Orange Theory Fitness, Marvel movies, and high heels bring smiles and good times.
Dr. John D. Rogers
Dr. Rogers is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He also graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and has primarily been working as a Hospitalist for the past 10 years.
He is a member of the American College of Physicians organization.
He enjoys playing board games with his family and friends, reading, and watching movies – he is looking forward to theaters being an option again!
Kevin O’Grady, M.S. CRADC
Director of Operations
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.
In his free time, Kevin is an avid sports fan, and enjoys a number of recreational sports leagues. He and his wife Claire live here locally in Overland Park, and spend their days putting up with their 60 pound, lovable bulldog Brisket!
Suzanne Taylor LCSW
Suzanne Taylor has been working with individuals impacted by Substance Use Disorder since 2012. Prior to starting her work in this field, she completed her Bachelors degree in Social Welfare at the University of Kansas and her Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Suzanne is in long-term recovery and has personal experience battling this chronic disease. She has witnessed first-hand the devastation that this illness can cause for families. This experience continues to fuel her passion for this work.
Suzanne has extensive experience in treating both the individual with the addiction and their loved ones. Research shows that the best outcomes occur when all family members receive adequate support and education.
Suzanne is considered an expert in her field and is often called upon to give presentations and trainings in the Kansas City area. Some of her favorite presentation topics include, “Parental Substance Use and the Impact on Children”, “Working with Individuals Impacted by Substance Use Disorder”, “Recovery and Relationships” and “Addiction and the Family”.
Outside of her professional life, Suzanne spends most of her free time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include cooking, biking, board games (or, lets be honest, anything competitive) and any activities around water!
Larry and Chery Beaty
Monthly Family Workshops
Larry and Chery Beaty have been married 32 years. Larry is a recovering alcoholic celebrating 36 years of sober living. He is a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor – CRAADC. Larry worked at several treatment facilities prior to starting his own business and while semi-retired continues to be very active in the recovery industry. Chery has been able to offer hope to families for the past thirty plus years and is a Missouri Recovery Support Specialist (MRSS). Larry and Chery recognized a missing piece of addiction recovery was to provide addiction education with a focus on the family. They focus on the FAMILY by offering Co-Addict Education and they know that Together We Get Better.
Dan Poole, MAADC II
Dan is originally from Patchogue, New York, just 45 minutes outside the city. After facing a long and arduous battle with drugs and alcohol, Dan made the choice to move to Kansas City for treatment at Midwest Recovery Centers. After successfully completing his stay in Phase 1 and 2, Dan was asked to work for Midwest as a Peer Support. Dan studied under the supervision of the Clinical Director and earned his certification as MAADC II, and began running groups for Midwest. After serving a couple years of managing the Phase 1 house, Dan was promoted into the role of Facility Manager. Dan grew up surfing and hunting in New York, and has carried hunting with him into his new home in Kansas City. Although he remains an avid New York Jets fan, Dan does watch in support of the Kansas City Chiefs. Dan hopes to remain a part of Midwest Recovery Centers long term, so he can continue to give back the support, compassion and accountability he was given when he entered treatment.
Taylor Brown, CADC
Taylor Brown graduated from UMKC with a degree in Interpersonal Communication. He has five years experience working in healthcare. He had nearly six years clean and sober and suffered a relapse into his addiction. Taylor came through Midwest Recovery Centers, and was asked to work at Midwest after completing his Phase 1 and 2 of treatment. Taylor brings eight years of experience with business to business sales and marketing, as well as organizing and arranging networking events. Taylor is one of five children and is very family oriented. When he is not working, Taylor enjoys boxing, kickboxing and watching the Kansas City Chiefs play football. Taylor served as a Peer Support House mgr for Midwest, before being promoted to Admissions & Marketing Director. Taylor has also earned his CADC certification for interventions and to help to run group sessions for Midwest Recovery. Taylor is forever grateful to Midwest for helping him rediscover his recovery, as well as his new-found passion in life, helping others!
Tim Coleman, M. of Ed., M. of Adm.
Tim joined Midwest Recovery Centers January of 2020 and comes with an extensive background in Administrative duties, and holds a Master’s in Education and Master’s in Administration. Tim has expertise with helping to align an organization’s goals with the actual process and protocols. Tim found his way into recovery over four years ago and has made himself a permanent member of a support recovery group. Tim is passionate about the services Midwest Recovery offers to those struggling, and is proud to bring his experience to this particular agency. Tim has become deeply involved in many administrative duties at Midwest Recovery, particularly the policies and procedures created for Quality Management and Performance Improvement, as well as serving as Compliance Officer for The Joint Commission Accreditation. Tim has two sons, Beckett and Ian, and enjoys spending time with them and their pug puppies. When not working Tim can be found either writing, attending a recovery meeting or spending time within the fellowship. MRC is grateful and proud to have Tim as part of their team and family.
Midwest Recovery Centers is proud to have Madeline on their Administrative team! Madeline has been in recovery for over two years, and is actively working a twelve step program. Madeline had experience working as a CNA in 2017, until her own battle with addiction began to escalate. With the help of her family and close friends, Madeline then recognized her own need for substance use disorder treatment. After completing 90 days of Phase 1 at Midwest Recovery Centers, Madeline chose to participate in the Phase 2 program, which offered her a safe and structured environment to continue her recovery process as she branched out into the work world and explored other interests. She then dedicated herself to working at a maternity home. Madeline was asked to start her career with MRC in 2021 as a Peer Support Specialist. After 6 months of this position Madeline was promoted to Administrative Assistant, where her skills of personable communication and task orientation could be put to use helping with Admissions as well as The Joint Commission tasks. In her free time she enjoys creating art, spending time with friends in recovery as well as her family. Madeline also heads up MRC’s Alumni program! It is her joy to partake and organize these events each month. Midwest is grateful to have Madeline on their Administrative team and look forward to her continued value and growth to both Midwest Recovery Centers and the recovery community at large.
Assistant Program Manager / Detox & Residential
Josh worked as an assistant manager at Oak Hill Pet Resort, and then a machine operator at General Mills before escalating in his own addiction and finding himself willing and ready to ask for help. Josh had been in treatment before, but he found his long term recovery when he came to Midwest Recovery Centers. He learned a lot about open-mindedness and willingness, and through using honesty and taking suggestion Josh has not found it necessary to pick up any substance since 2018. Josh was asked to join the Peer Support team at MRC in the summer of 2019. Josh has been training to obtain his Missouri Credentialing to assist in running groups and runs the Intake Assessment process for MRC’s new Detox & Residential program. In 2022 Josh was promoted to the Assistant Program Manager of the Detox & Residential. For fun Josh likes to fish for bass, crappie and trout. He also enjoys spending time with loved ones and adventuring outdoors. Josh is currently studying to earn his RN license. MRC is grateful to have Josh on our team!
Assistant Program Manager / PHP
Sarah has been with Midwest Recovery Centers for 3 years. Prior to joining the team here at MRC, Sarah worked at General Motors as a Forklift Operator as well as at BNSF as a locomotive hostler in the maintenance yard. Sarah brings experience in leadership, supervision and task management. She was elected the union representative for all complaints and oversight of all staff grievances and disputes at GM. Sarah started with us as a Peer Support Specialist and has been promoted to Assistant Program Manager. Sarah helps oversee the Peer Support Specialists as well as Facility Management duties. Sarah has a personal stake in recovery, after having battled with her own substance abuse for years, she found it necessary to get clean and sober on January 16th of 2014. Midwest Recovery is proud to have Sarah bring her personal experience, strength and hope to her role. Sarah remains active in her 12 step home group as well as the Oxford House Alumni Association. Sarah has earned her MAADC II while working at MRC and plans to further her certification to become more involved in the therapeutic side of treatment.
Amy Hokanson, RN, BSN
Amy was born and raised in Kansas City and attended nursing school at Research College of Nursing through Rockhurst University, graduating in 1995. Upon graduating, Amy went to work at Baptist Medical Center on the Substance Use Disorders (adult and adolescent), Eating Disorders and Mental Health Units for many years. Amy has also worked in home health nursing, an office nurse for a pediatric pulmonologist, pharmaceutical support nurse for people with multiple sclerosis and most recently worked as a school nurse for 11 years prior to finding a work home at Midwest Recovery Centers.
Coming from a large family of 10 children, Amy has always been interested in family dynamics and personal relations. In recovery from substance use herself, Amy is passionate about supporting others in their journey to sobriety and the wonderful life that comes from applying the principles of recovery to all areas of life.
Amy has 2 children and loves spending time with them and watching them find their way in life. Spending time with family and friends is a top priority and source of fulfillment and joy for her.