Meet Our Team
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. He enjoys spending time with his wife, being a dad to his children Keira, Kennedy, and Greyson, 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 (Operations Director) 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.
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.
Scott Saylor, (Administrative, Marketing & Development Support Manager) Scott is a graduate of the Welcome House Recovery Program and during his time as a resident, he participated in the Rehabilitive Jobs Program, doing administrative and clerical support work at the front desk.
Scott graduated from the University of Kansas with Bachelors Degrees in English Literature and Philosophy -which means that he likes to ask the question “why?” and then listen to his own answers to that question a little too much sometimes. He has a background in working for various non-profit entities, most recently with Marillac where he worked in Intake & Admissions and later in Marketing & Development.
Scott would tell you that everything that is good in his life today is entirely owing to his sobriety and that the days he spent at Welcome House were fundamental in getting his life back into recovery.
He has always loved books but the ones he enjoys the most these days are those he reads with his 4-year old son.
Casey Urso, MAADC I, PP-PE 1, (Recovery Support Specialist) former resident of the Welcome House, is originally from central Virginia. He moved to Kansas City several years ago for a new start but his addiction progressed to a point he became disparate to seek help. He became a resident at Welcome House in 2014 and has since dedicated his life to his own personal recovery and helping other’s to find recovery “that no addict seeking recovery need ever die from the horrors of addiction”.
Casey has an extensive music background and is currently working towards a college degree in liberal arts. He integrates physical fitness and spiritual practices into his own program which he enjoys doing when he’s not at work or school. He also enjoys increasing his collection of tattoos and spending time with his friends.
Jim Searing, MAADC I, (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.
Andy Caraway, MS, LPC (Recovery Support Specialist) Andy is a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. He comes to Welcome House from the world of secondary education as well as professional counseling. Andy earned his BS in Education from Northwest Missouri State University and an MS in Education from the University of Kansas. He considers himself a true educator at heart, teaching secondary education with an emphasis in working with individuals identified as having a disability – specifically learning and/or emotional difficulties.
In pursuing his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Avila University, he worked in mental health treatment centers and in private practice, gaining experience working with individuals in recovery as well as individuals in the correctional system.
Andy nearly lost his life due to his addiction. In his recovery journey, he has developed a passion for working with individuals in various stages of addiction and recovery.
Outside of work, Andy is an animal enthusiast and loves dogs. Other things he loves is his life partner of 21 years with whom he enjoys travelling, watching sports, and listening to music.
Chad Magoon, our Food Services Manager, is a Kansas City metro native bringing his 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 cuisine; Mediterranean being one of his favorites.
“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 love providing them with the tools to succeed upon graduation.”
Beyond foo, music is Chad’s true passion, and has the resume to show for it. He spent 20 years of his life touring the world with well-known bands. He was a member of alt-country band, “Drag the River,” “Armchair Martian,” and toured the US as a member in Rocky Votolato’s band. You can catch him around town playing different venues under his stage name, “Chad Rex.”
Chad enjoys photography, spends too much time making Spotify playlists for his friends, and attending 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!).
He owns a home in the Volker neighborhood with his cat, “Franklin Turner Rex,” and lives off sushi and vanilla lattes.