Our Expert Staff
Kevin O’Grady, M.S. CRADC
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin has been involved in the field of mental health for over 14 years. Growing up in Georgia, addiction and other co-occurring disorders were prevalent in his own household. After his own battle with drugs, alcohol, and anxiety as a young man, he found a natural passion to help others find a way to break away from the misery of addiction, and develop ways to cope with his mental health. This passion prompted Kevin to begin a career studying and understanding the various techniques in which to approach and treat patients with behavioral health disorders. Through his many opportunities working in health care, Kevin has developed the understanding that behavioral health 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 believes that recovery is meant to be filled with joy, excitement, and fun! He and his wife Claire live here locally in Kansas City with their two sons, Graham and Calvin. They are so proud to be able to serve their community and hope to make a difference in many people’s lives.
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!
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!
Taylor Brown, CADC
Admissions & Marketing Director
Taylor Brown graduated from UMKC with a degree in Interpersonal Communication. 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 a decade of experience working in healthcare as well as with business to business sales and marketing, 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!
Dan Poole, MAADC II
Facilities & Program Director
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’s work and responsibilities continued to expand and he moved into the position of the Facilities & Program Director. 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.
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 is in long-term recovery and continues to be an active member of a recovery group and be of service. 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 spends time with his partner Steph and has two sons, Beckett and Ian, that he enjoys watching movies with and laughing. 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.