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.
Larry and Sheri Beaty
Monthly Family Workshops
Larry and Sheri 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. Sheri has been able to offer hope to families for the past thirty plus years and is a Missouri Recovery Support Specialist (MRSS). Larry and Sheri 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.
Danny Huffman MAADC I
Danny started his career in the substance abuse counseling as a Peer Specialist, has since earned a MAADC II counseling credential. Growing up as a child of an alcoholic in the Kansas City Metro area, Danny would face his own battle with addiction. Soon after beginning his own personal recovery, he decided to leave the culinary field to pursue a passion of helping others that struggle with addiction. Using his own personal experience and evidence based practices, Danny strives to inspire the hope that recovery is possible. “Recovery allows me to live a life with purpose”
Jahi Boseda B.A. CRADC, MARS, CS
Jahi hails from Los Angeles, California. After a long career in television broadcasting, he decided to take his own 29 years of personal recovery experience and use it to assist others with their journey to recovery. Jahi believes that recovery from drugs and alcohol must encompass the mind, body, and spirit. To share this belief, he went back to school and obtained a degree in Religious Science to better assist his clients with their spiritual growth. Understanding the disease concept of addiction, he also realizes distortion of thinking is a big problem with those afflicted with this disease. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, evidence-based treatment modalities and his own personal style of connecting with clients he has assisted hundreds on their way to long-term sobriety.
David Drummond MAADC I
David has lived in the Johnson County, KS area his entire life. After years of battling alcohol and drug addiction, he was able to find long-term recovery. David has since decided to give back to individuals who struggling with the same disease. He began his career as a peer support specialist, then became the residential director at Midwest Recovery Centers. David showed a passion for wanting to work with others on a more personal and clinical level, and set out to get his credential to provide clinical services. He now is a primary therapist at our facility, striving to help others find a better way through his own experience, strength, and hope. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fall.”.
Peer Support Specialists:
Peer Support Specialist
All of our Peer Support Specialists (PSS) are actively engaged in 12 step programs and dedicated to assisting clients in their recoveries. Each PSS has their own unique skill set and approach to recovery that creates a truly supportive environment through sympathy and empathy.