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.
Jamie, a former resident of the Welcome House, joined the Welcome House leadership team in February 2014. Along with the experience of his own personal recovery, he brings significant professional experience and a proven track record in the areas of healthcare and health services, information technology, sales and sales leadership, operations and management.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Master’s of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Health Services Administration, from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. With extensive experience working in hospital settings, Jamie has held leadership positions with nationally recognized managed care, healthcare consulting and healthcare information technology corporations.
Jamie is married to his beautiful wife Stacey and is a father to four children, Keira, Kennedy, Greyson, and Emma.
Christy Wineland, JD, MPA
Vice President of Administration
Christy believes that behind every statistic, every sentence in a grant, every dollar raised, is a person: a person filled with courage, daring to be imperfect. As Christy leads our performance-based initiatives, along with development and community engagement activities, she does so with a whole-hearted passion for ensuring the men on the journey of recovery may discover their life’s purpose, restore relationships, and create a joyful and productive life.
With extensive professional experience in grant writing and strategic fund development, Christy connects individuals, foundations, and corporate and government entities with opportunities to support the life-saving mission of Welcome House.
“Everyone, regardless of where we come from, deserves to live an authentic life that honors their true self and talents,” says Christy. “It’s an honor to be a part of the transformation process that makes this possible for men seeking a healthier life in sobriety.”
At home, Christy cherishes every moment with her two children as they pursue their passions in high school and college.
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.
Karena’s talents and organizational skillsets are integral to the programs and processes at Welcome House. As Administrative Coordinator, she works across service lines to help maximize resources and efficiencies to deliver the best possible care to Residents.
As a nonprofit professional with a range of administrative and direct service experience, Karenna has formerly served Newhouse and the Central Exchange in Kansas City. A devoted mom to a teen accordion player, she also is an artist, photographer, and avid rescuer of dogs.
Dennis Hill, CRADC, CPS, 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!
Iggy Audley, CPS
Recovery Support Specialist
Initially a client at Welcome House, Iggy Audley’s journey took a transformative turn. Following his graduation from the program in 2022, Iggy took on the role of a Certified Peer Specialist, extending his commitment to helping others on their recovery path. Reflecting on his transition from resident to staff, Iggy aptly describes it as a shift from a life of chaos to one rooted in responsibility and accountability. This metamorphosis has granted him the liberty to relish a life he had always envisioned, while also allowing him to offer guidance, strength, and hope to those sharing a common struggle.
Beyond his dedication to recovery, Iggy indulges in a creative spectrum that includes his passion for film, screenwriting, and crafting virtual 3D art.
Daniel Smith, CPS
Recovery Support Specialist
A native of Kansas City, Daniel embarked on a transformative journey at Welcome House in 2022, seeking assistance for Substance Abuse Disorder. Graduating on April 30th, 2023, Daniel has embraced numerous resident employee roles, with his most notable contribution being at the front desk.
Drawing from a diverse professional background encompassing management, customer service, and construction, Daniel’s career path reflects his adaptability.
With over two decades dedicated to music, Daniel’s free moments are often spent enjoying live performances, indulging in horror movies, and seeking serenity through meditation.
Daniel’s affinity for aiding others on their recovery journey feels like second nature, aligning perfectly with the ethos of the Kansas City Recovery Community and Welcome House. As he passionately puts it, “This disease does not discriminate; it can affect anyone. Everyone deserves an opportunity to recover.” Join Daniel in fostering a compassionate and inclusive recovery community.