Meet Our Team
Jamie Boyle, MBA (President & CEO) was born in Orlando Florida and moved to the Kansas City area in the late 1980’s (between his junior and senior year of high school). He made the long trip in his 1973 baby blue Volkswagon bug, surfboard strapped to the top.
Fun Fact: he learned to barefoot waterski in high school while working at summer camp. As a kindergarten student, his ride to school was often on the back of his grandfathers Harley, and motorcycles became a lifelong passion.
After completing undergraduate (he’s a Jayhawk) and graduate degrees, he spent most of his professional career as a “road warrior” in healthcare sales and consulting, covering territories in the northeast and mid-atlantic regions.
Today, thanks to the Welcome House and “the promises,” his life is filled with family, friends and fellowship. His greatest joys are spending time with his wife, being a dad to his children Keira, Kennedy, Greyson, and doting on his newborn daughter Emma. He also enjoys riding his Harley and getting tattoos. Jamie believes wholeheartedly that relapse does not have to be part of recovery.
Micah Haen, CRADC, MARS, CPS, MPS (Senior Director of Operations) was a resident of Welcome House from February 2015 through August 2016, where he worked tirelessly as Kitchen Manager.
His experience motivated him to change careers and he soon started working towards certification as an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. Hired as Resident Relations Manager in August 2016, Micah is passionate about his role at Welcome House because it allows him to develop a closer connection with people in need. “It keeps me grounded, and reminds me of what is really important in life,” he said.
His service at Welcome House also provides an opportunity to give back to the program which has given him the most important thing in the world: a purposeful and meaningful life – a life he never believed possible.
In his spare time, Micah can be found at local farmers markets and flea markets, reading a good book, spending time with his family and friends, and trying new restaurants and food.
Two of his heroes are Thomas Keller, Chef/Owner, of The French Laundry in Youngsville, CA, his personal favorite restaurant; and Fabrizio Schenardi, whom he claims is “the best Chef I’ve ever worked for.”
Quirky things about Micah: he likes to pickle and can vegetables, he is a self-proclaimed Star Wars geek and a music snob.
Grant Golson, MBA (Development Director) A Prairie Village, KS, native, Grant received a B.A. in Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from New School University in New York, and an MBA in Management from the University of Kansas.
After 10 years in theater, performing in New York and around the country, Grant returned to the midwest where he began his career in fundraising.
His professional posts include the Lyric Opera in Kansas City, the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter, and most recently, the La Crosse Community Theatre in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Grant discovered Welcome House as a member of Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church where President and CEO Jamie Boyle spoke with the congregation about his personal experience in recovery.
“Like so many, I’ve been touched by the tragedy of addiction as friends and family members have struggled through some dark times,” says Grant. “It inspires me even more to help elevate our work at Welcome House,”
In his free time, Grant enjoys time with his beautiful wife, Liz, and their children, Bonnie and John. He still performs when he has the opportunity and enjoys supporting his church and community through music and theatre.
Jason Hurd,LMSW (Program Director) Jason was born in Kansas City, KS and is married with four sons. He attended culinary school from 2003 to 2004 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS, and received his Associate of Arts and BSW degrees in Columbia, SC from 2009-2015. Upon his return to Kansas City, he received his MSW at the University of Kansas in 2018.
Jason has been in long term recovery since 2005. He’s an active member of the recovery community here in Kansas City and also in other areas of the country including South Carolina and Florida.
A fun fact about Jason is that for 26 years, he worked as a chef and restaurant manager and has helped to open multiple restaurants in the Kansas City area.
In his spare time, Jason likes to cook and swim with his boys. His other interests include riding motorcycles and playing racquetball.
Dennis Hill, CPS, (Recovery Support Specialist) grew up in Seattle and has dedicated a lot of time to playing music and learning about technology. After moving to Missouri to be near family, he obtained an Associate Degree from Ozarks Technical College in Industrial Maintenance Technology. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management, a Master of Science in Technology Management, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Central Missouri.
“I believe technology is a great tool for work, and for play. Incorporating technology into my recovery plan helped to save my life and can be utilized to help others!” Dennis is a strong advocate of spiritual principles and strongly believes in encouraging others to put the H.O.W. (Honest, Willingness, Open-mindedness) into their recovery.
Jim Searing, MAADC II, (Recovery Support Specialist) is a graduate of the Welcome House program. He moved to Kansas City from Los Angeles and has lived here for over 35 years. Jim received his undergrad from UMKC with a focus on business and has started his MBA program at Park University. He is also working towards his credentialing as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jim is a firm believer in the pledge, “I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A., always to be there, and for that, I am responsible.”
He likes to volunteer his time walking dogs for Wayside Waifs, enjoys camping, hiking, traipsing through the woods, and travel.
Ben Steineger, CPS, (Recovery Support Specialist) is a graduate of the Welcome House program. He believes in carrying a message of hope to the next generation of men who will reside and rebuild their lives at Welcome House.
When not at Welcome House, Ben works part time at his parents’ lavender farm and also in a Thai restaurant. He enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and working out but absolutely hates cooking. He considers music to be a complete life-saver.
Chad Magoon, our Food Services Manager, is a Kansas City metro native, bringing extensive culinary experience to Welcome House. In the early ’90s, Chad developed his love for food while attending the culinary program at Colorado State University. Since then, he has developed knowledge in a wide variety of international cuisines.
“It’s an honor to serve the men of Welcome House, and support the mission,” says Chad. “I am extremely proud of the current residents that help staff the kitchen and appreciate the opportunity to offer them the tools to succeed upon graduation.”
Beyond food, music is Chad’s true passion. He spent 20 years touring the world with several well-known alternative bands including Drag the River, Armchair Martian, and Rocky Votolato. He can often be found around town playing different venues under his stage name, Chad Rex.
Chad enjoys photography, spends too much time making Spotify playlists for friends, and attends auctions and garage sales hunting for mid-century modern furniture or anything that looks like it came from the Brady Bunch” TV show (except clothes!).