Meet Our Team
Jamie Boyle, MBA
President & CEO
Jamie was born in Orlando, FL and moved to the Kansas City area in the late 1980s. 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 grandfather’s Harley, and motorcycles became a lifelong passion.
After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees, Jamie 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, 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 Emma. He also enjoys riding his Harley and getting tattoos.
Grant Golson, MBA
Vice President, Administration
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 when 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.
Micah Haen, CRADC, MARS, CPS, MPS
Associate Vice President, Program & Facility Operations
Micah 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.
Jason Hurd, LMSW
Director, Recovery & Support Services
Jason was born in Kansas City, KS and is the father of 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.
Chad Magoon, CPS
Associate Director, Food & Nutrition Services
Chad 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. He also enjoys photography and attending auctions and garage sales hunting for mid-century modern treasures.
Jim Searing, MAADC II
Manager, Resident Relations
Jim 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.
Dennis Hill, CPS, MAADC II, MRSS, MARS
Recovery Support Specialist
Dennis 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.
Brad Alumbaugh, CPS
Recovery Support Specialist
Brad was raised in the Kansas City metro area. He came to Welcome House for support with his substance abuse addiction in 2019 and transformed his life as he learned to be accountable for his actions and decisions.
Shortly after graduating from Welcome House, Brad earned his CPS credential to help others seeking long-term recovery. He feels blessed to have the opportunity to be employed at the place where it all began for him.
Brad says being a part of the Welcome House team keeps him grounded and servces as a reminder of how far he’s come. In his free time Brad enjoys spending time with with family and his dog Tiny and, of course, rooting on the Kansas City Chiefs!
Geno Mirenda, CPS
Recovery Support Specialist
Geno Mirenda was born in Cleveland, OH and attended trade school in Denver, CO and college in Tucson, AZ. He spent twenty-five years in hotel restaurant management working as a Food and Beverage Director and Sales Manager.
Upon completion of the Welcome House recovery program in 2021, Geno moved to an Oxford House, a self-supporting and drug free home for individuals in recovery. He now serves as chairperson for the Missouri chapter
Geno credits Welcome House for helping him receive his Certified Peer Specialist certification and for helping him to discover a new direction and purpose for the future. In his spare time, Geno enjoys playing golf and softball.