Our Expert Staff
– Jeff Howard LPN, MAADC II, CEO
Jeff Howard LPN, MAADC II, 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.
Danny Huffman CADC
Danny Huffman started his career in the recovery industry as a Peer Specialist, has since earned a CADC counseling credential. Growing up as a child of an alcoholic in the Kansas City Metro area. He 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.
David Drummond MAADC II
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.“.
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 MAADC ll
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 himself, and was asked to work at Midwest after completing his Phase 1 and 2 of treatment. Taylor brings experience with business to business sales and marketing, as well as organizing and arranging networking events. Taylor has about 8 years experience in sales and marketing. Taylor is one of five children, and is very family oriented. When he is not working, he cheers on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in football, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs, with his family. Taylor served as a Peer Support House mgr for Midwest, before being promoted to Marketing and Community Outreach Liaison. Taylor has also earned his MAADC II counseling certification and helps to run group therapy sessions for Midwest. Taylor is forever grateful to Midwest for helping him rediscover his sobriety, as well as his passion in life, helping others.
Rick Bell, LMSW
Rick Bell, MSW, LMSW has over 20 years of experience in the health and human services field. Mr. Bell comes to Midwest after completing specialized Child and Family training through the National Child Welfare Workforce Development initiative. Mr. Bell has worked with adults, families and communities through the Missouri Child Welfare Intensive In Home Therapies, Local Investment Commission, Human Relations Department of Kansas City, Missouri and Imani House Substance Center.
Abigail Gray, LPC
Abby is a licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist. She received her Masters Degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and since then has gained experience in a broad range of settings including inpatient hospitals, a juvenile detention center, a homeless shelter, and as the therapist of an intensive outpatient program for adults with mental health and substance use disorders. Abby lives with her husband in Kansas City, MO. She loves spending time outdoors, meeting with friends at local dog-parks, and enjoying good coffee whenever she gets the chance.
Peer Support Specialists
Peer Support Specialist
Peer Support Specialist
Peer Support Specialist
Peer Support Specialist